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Wednesday Video – Protesting the New Veterans Charter

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Last Wednesday marked the 68th anniversary of D-Day. Some veterans, however, gathered at Parliament Hill last week not only to honour the efforts and heroics of that fateful day, but to protest the government’s payment policies towards injured veterans. In the following segment, Global National touches upon the mounting frustration of veterans who feel that their financial needs and considerations are not being met. Under the new charter introduced in 2006, veterans are now provided with lump-sum payments rather than life-time pensions. Master Corporal Jody Mitic, who lost both feet in Afghanistan in 2007, says the biggest issue with this new system of compensation is the “uncertainty” it creates for those injured while serving their country.

For more information on the current debate and the charter itself, see the links below.

 

The New Veterans Charter: Services and Benefits (Veterans Affairs Canada)

Pat Stogran, former veterans’ ombudsmen, says the government is not doing enough for veterans (audio clip, CBC)

On D-Day anniversary, ex-soldiers take to Parliament Hill to protest benefits (The Globe and Mail)

Veterans plan protest on D-Day anniversary (CBC)

Young vets mark D-Day, protest benefits (St. Catharines Standard)

The swelling anger at Veterans Affairs (CBC News)



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