Standards for service dogs are overdue

The use of service dogs to help veterans with mental-health issues is stalled with a lack of recognized standards for training both the dogs and the veterans who receive them. Originally the federal government had approached the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB)—an arm of Public Services and Procurement Canada—to develop standards for service dogs....
  • Hearing-loss aid improved

    September 7, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    Hearing loss and tinnitus are common disabilities among veterans, and understandably so. Continuous exposure to loud noise—the whomp of a 25-pounder Howitzer, the rat-a-tat-tat of an M1919 Browning, the engine-room clatter of a frigate, the roar of a CF-18—all can have an irreversible impact on...
  • Care for caregivers

    July 9, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    She is 88 years old. Her 93-year-old husband of 67 years is a veteran of the Second World War. Due to hearing loss attributable to his service, he receives a disability pension and other benefits under the Pension Act. They still live in their home....
  • Grave situation

    May 1, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    Is there anything more venerable than a soldier’s grave? Dying in the service of your country is the ultimate sacrifice, and it warrants the most respectful recognition. In Canada, as in most countries, the government is responsible for funerals and burials for those killed in military...
  • Breathing life back into the charter

    March 5, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    The Pension for Life plan introduced by Veterans Affairs Canada in December is based on three programs: a monthly tax-free payment to recognize pain and suffering caused by a service-related illness or injury; income replacement for veterans experiencing trouble returning to the workforce; and a...
  • Even one is too many

    January 31, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    The Canadian Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Canada announced their joint suicide-prevention strategy in October. It is “an approach we have not seen before,” said Minister of Veterans Affairs Seamus O’Regan. The strategy is an effort to co-ordinate some 160 programs and services in both...
  • Work to do

    November 3, 2017 by Legion Magazine
    Seamus O’Regan, the former television host from Newfoundland and Labrador, was appointed as Canada’s Minister of Veterans Affairs on Aug. 28, replacing Kent Hehr. There have been some important changes to the New Veterans Charter since the last election that will improve the lives of...
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