Archive for January, 2017

  • U.S. commitment to Norad assured in phone call

    January 25, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    The new U.S. defense secretary reaffirmed his country’s commitment to continental defence and North American Air Defence Command (Norad) in a weekend phone call to his Canadian counterpart. In what Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan called “a warm and cordial call,” former Marine Corps general James...
  • Times change at Sunnybrook

    January 24, 2017 by Tom MacGregor
    Changing demographics have meant that veterans’ hospitals, such as Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, are experiencing a reduction in waiting times not seen for several generations. Sunnybrook, Canada’s largest veterans’ hospital, has room for 475 veterans, housed in two wings—the Kilgour Wing, named after...
  • Veterans + Suicide

    January 24, 2017 by Don Gillmor
    Illustration by Robert Carter  How many veterans kill themselves?   The answer is: We don’t know. Do military suicides outnumber combat deaths? The Department of National Defence says six soldiers took their lives in Afghanistan. Veterans Affairs Canada says 53 active members took their lives...
  • Alternative medicines need more study

    January 23, 2017 by Sharon Adams
    Serving military members and veterans with chronic health conditions frequently look beyond traditional medicine in their search for something—anything—to relieve symptoms that are making their lives miserable, or in bureaucratese, “affecting their quality of life.” Often they’re forking out their own money (or veterans’ advocacy...
  • VC recipient honoured

    January 22, 2017 by Tom MacGregor
    About 200 people attended a special event for the unveiling of a new headstone on the grave of Victoria Cross recipient Alex Brereton in the farming community of Elnora, Alta. The headstone, supplied by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission on behalf of Veterans Affairs Canada,...
  • Report studies pain and suffering

    January 20, 2017 by Legion Magazine
    While pleased with the increase in the New Veterans Charter (NVC) maximum disability award payment, the veterans ombudsman says the federal government now needs to recognize the non-economic effects on the most severely disabled veterans. “While no amount of money can provide full restitution,” said...
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