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A monument for the missing

The Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium— a memorial to 54,395 Commonwealth soldiers with no known grave—is the setting for a daily ritual of remembrance   It is 5:00 a.m. and the streets of Ypres, Belgium, are dark and quiet. I’m out early today, on my way to the Menin Gate. I want to experience...
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    Our back pages: 1946-1960

    May 1, 2016 by Legion Magazine
    Resettlement and a larger magazine Third in a six-part series looking back at 90 years of  The Legionary and Legion Magazine After the Second World War, The Legionary became an important vehicle for communicating news of benefits available to returning veterans. Still, the Legion had problems putting...
  • What is happening right now in Iraq is politically unclear. The main questions involve whether Canada is at war (officially, not), whether Canadian troops are on a combat mission (officially, denied) and, more importantly, whether the huge multi-pronged alliance campaign (of which Canada is a...
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    The rarely mentioned war

    March 20, 2016 by Richard Gimblett
    How the Persian Gulf War changed the Canadian Armed Forces It doesn’t feel like a quarter-century has gone by since the Persian Gulf War of 1990-91. When I entered the Royal Military College as an officer cadet in 1975, it similarly had been 25 years since...
  • Pensions, awards rise by 1.2 per cent

    March 15, 2016 by Legion Magazine
    Veterans Affairs Canada raised pensions, awards and allowances paid under the Pension Act by 1.2 per cent in 2016. VAC adjusts the rates for disability pensions and allowances on Jan. 1 each year. The amount is based on the Consumer Price Index in accordance with...
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    Mending fences

    March 12, 2016 by Sharon Adams
    Kent Hehr, the new Minister of Veterans Affairs, promises to make veterans’ lives better in 2016   Minister of Veterans Affairs Kent Hehr, the 30th since the department was created at the end of the Second World War, is often pictured in shirtsleeves, looking as if he...
  • Number of homeless veterans hard to calculate

    March 10, 2016 by Sharon Adams
    The federal government’s first attempt at estimating the number of homeless veterans may just be a description of the tip of an iceberg, say some veterans’ advocates. In March 2015, Employment and Social Development Canada, which tapped into a database with information from 60 emergency shelters,...
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