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Rant from a military wife: Bureaucracy stymies efforts to help veterans, ombudsman charges


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OTTAWA - The country's soon-to-be former veterans ombudsman is accusing federal bureaucrats of "cheating" war widows and saying it's better for the country if soldiers die in Afghanistan rather than come home wounded to be a burden on the treasury.

http://healthandfitness.sympatico.ca/news/bur eaucracy_stymies_efforts_to_help_veterans_omb udsman_charges/7b0773b9

 I am just spreading this as the local newspapers and tv stations where I live are disappointly quiet on this.  I know Col (Ret'd) Strogan from my time at the Officers' Mess as an admin coordinator.  I believe every word out of his mouth!

To think that when my husband  went to Afghanistan for 7 months  last year at this time, my government was hoping he would come home alive.....or dead because wounded is too expensive is sickening to me!!  I have heard that soldiers who have lost limbs are being paid out $25,000.00 lump sum with no pension because they didn't fullfill their contract??!! I think they filled their contract and THEN some!

A Veteran - whether active duty, retired or reserve - is someone who at  one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to 'The Country of  Canada', for an amount of 'up to and including my life.'

And this is the best we can offer them back? 

Anyways I am spreading the word so that those who care or are outraged can write their local newspapers and politicians - if you don't care - disregard and sorry for wasting your time.

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It's too expensive to support the troops when we spend $18 billion on new F-35 jets, and drop another bil or two on big meet + greets.

For what its worth, Harper is so gung-ho about embedding us with the yanks that I'm sure costs will drop, from friendly fire casualties if nothing else.

I think both are important - equally.  I think this stems more from the government having their hands in the veteran's pension plan's cookie jar for unrelated items not expecting there to be a war where the need for this money would increase to this degree. 

It's laughable - the Liberals started it, the Conservatives continue it, whose left the NDP...they don't see the need for a military at all....the Bloc??!!  UGH!  You can't even vote to show your disdain - like my husband says you just have to pick the best of the worst.

I know, but $18bil on attack jets? Really?

Some cash on new helicopters sure. Perhaps some fast cruisers so's to patrol the increasingly passable north. Maybe transport planes. Maybe superior ground transports... you know, the kind of stuff that would help us do the things we do. Unless we start acting like americans and engage in a bunch of optional wars, F-35s have absolutely no purpose for us. They're interceptors. How many dogfights with Migs is Canada expecting to engage in?

Useless waste of cash, and we're on the hook for those bad boys, to the tune of around $1000 per taxpayer. That $1000/taxpayer could have gone to veterans instead.

Dear Harper,

F**K YOU NEOCON C**KSMOKER.

Signed,

~ Canada.

I hear you. My husband is an active duty Marine. I wonder if all the stories you hear would actually happen, then what would happen to them? My husband puts his life on the line for his country and he is just given a pat on the back? I think not.

That is just about the most heartless thing to say. How can you wish someone would just die instead of thanking God they were only wounded.

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Pretty cold... but not particularly surprising. Just look south of the border at the tragicomic treatment vets down there get: people with PTSD being discharged as having "personality disorders" instead of receiving treatment, chronic underfunding for the VA for both medical and mental issues (god only knows the kinda stuff you're going to see go down there what with the complete avoidance of dealing with CHIs)...

Harper's just following their lead: big taxpayer dollars for the industry elite, scraps grudgingly given to the ones with boots on the ground.

Original Post by hatamoto:

I know, but $18bil on attack jets? Really?

Some cash on new helicopters sure. Perhaps some fast cruisers so's to patrol the increasingly passable north. Maybe transport planes. Maybe superior ground transports... you know, the kind of stuff that would help us do the things we do. Unless we start acting like americans and engage in a bunch of optional wars, F-35s have absolutely no purpose for us. They're interceptors. How many dogfights with Migs is Canada expecting to engage in?

Useless waste of cash, and we're on the hook for those bad boys, to the tune of around $1000 per taxpayer. That $1000/taxpayer could have gone to veterans instead.

Dear Harper,

F**K YOU NEOCON C**KSMOKER.

Signed,

~ Canada.

 Agreed

 

 My husband says that the guys that go to Afghanistan know this and hope that they too die instead of being wounded so that their families will be taken care of - how bloody awful is that??  If he got hurt at work in Canada he is better taken care of than if he gets hurt in Afghanistan...What the hell? 

And $25,000.00 lump sum....for a leg or a disease guaranteed to kill you slowly and ruthlessly (ALS)??  If the Canadian people don't stand up and let their government know this is unacceptable then we are the schmucks. 

God Bless your husband Kara!!

Original Post by hatamoto:

Pretty cold... but not particularly surprising. Just look south of the border at the tragicomic treatment vets down there get: people with PTSD being discharged as having "personality disorders" instead of receiving treatment, chronic underfunding for the VA for both medical and mental issues (god only knows the kinda stuff you're going to see go down there what with the complete avoidance of dealing with CHIs)...

This is so true. This is why the suicide rates among soldiers has gone up so much since the start of these two wars. The few VA hospitals I've been in have been out of date as well (outdated equipment and facilities). My father already has health issues from meds he had to take during the Gulf War. Now they're sending him to Afghanistan in February. I'm not looking forward to see what happens after that...

I will pray for your father's safe return alibsam.  Thank him from us (my family) for being a soldier!  People come up to my husband all the time when he is in uniform and say that - it really makes him feel good and proud - as it should - that uniform stands for alot.     

Thank you! I was coincidentally back home when he came home from his last tour in Kuwait a couple years ago and a lot of people thanked him when we were in the airport. I don't support the war but I've gotta support the troops. :)

I just hope that all of those who would come up and thank a soldier will also now pick up a pen or make a phone call to their MLA's and MP's to protest. 

I always attend Remembrance Day ceremony down town - I always see at least 3-4 homeless people who are snapping to attention in all the appropriate places...and you know...these are VETS for pete's sake...what are they doing on the street? Perhaps it had nothing to do with their military career....but if any of them are there because they suffer from PTSD...that  is a crime. 

I wish a paper would do an investigation and a story on that - but it seems like this has been quickly buried - and the Prime Minister is curiously silent....waiting for it to go away - the sad thing is, it's probably a ploy that will work.

The Globe + Mail looked as though they were on a trend towards that a while back, but it just sort of "went away". Maybe it's still in the pipeline... good investigative journalism takes time.

You know the Post wouldn't touch it. Too busy eating from that hand to ever risk biting it by committing an act of journalism.

I sure hope so - W5 could probably do a good issue on it as well for the more visually inclined.  It would be great to see this come out around November 11th - then watch Stephen squirm as he pretends to honour our vets! 

My guess is that it'd flow... one source does the leg work, everyone else picks up on it, the various points of view spin it as they will (global would spin it as poor wee stevie being picked on by mean ol' lefties, for instance)... people will be annoyed, they'll picket parliament and rideau until the cold gets to 'em, then go home and watch hockey. Tongue out

I'm not cynical or anything hehe

Cynic....or realist??!!  LOL

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