Cutting through the paperwork

Speaking to representatives of veterans’ groups in November, Veterans Ombudsman Craig Dalton admitted his office has had a low profile since his appointment in November 2018. That was partly his getting to know the job, but also because there was an election; he had to hold off until there was a new government in...
  • 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...
  • A big step

    September 1, 2017 by Legion Magazine
    Strong, secure, engaged. The title of the newly released white paper by the Department of National Defence is a reflection of Canada itself. The new defence policy is a must-read for anyone who wants to know what Canada’s military is doing today—combat, peacekeeping, humanitarian aid,...
  • The importance of anniversaries

    July 6, 2017 by Legion Magazine
    This issue of Legion Magazine is filled with stories acknowledging anniversaries: Canada’s 150th, Vimy’s 100th, Hill 70’s 100th, Dieppe’s 75th. And, as in every issue, members of The Royal Canadian Legion who have served the organization for 60, 65 and 70 years are recognized on...
  • The arbitrary age of 65

    May 15, 2017 by Legion Magazine
    Ill and injured veterans are still waiting for clarity from the federal government on how it intends to provide them with lifelong financial security. The federal budget tabled on March 22 included some new spending for veterans and their families, but it left a big one—lifetime...
  • Integrating into civilian life

    March 1, 2017 by Legion Magazine
    The House of Commons Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs released a report in December looking at services the Canadian Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Canada provide to members being released from the military (see page 64 of March/April issue). Specifically, the report looks at these...
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