“Since 2011, the Harper conservative government has cut $226 million from Veterans Affairs administrative funding — a 30 per cent chop. That’s why one of Harper’s strongest supporting groups — veterans — has turned against him. Or rather, Harper abandoned them first.
Take the …issue of suicide. The Canadian Forces have a suicide rate that is twice as high as the rate in the British Armed Forces, which are three times larger. What ever happened to the idea of hiring an adequate number of mental health workers to deal with the victims of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, the handmaiden of suicide in many cases? When ‘Harper conservative’ Peter MacKay was minister of Defence, he promised to hire extra medical personnel to deal with this dire legacy of Afghanistan. I guess he couldn’t figure out how to turn it into a photo-op”
“This is the government that issued a one-cent cheque to the mother of Cpl. Justin Stark, who killed himself in the John W. Foote Armouries in October 2011.
This is the government that told the grieving parents of Lt. Shawna Rogers, a woman who committed suicide in the military in 2012, that they would have to pay their own legal bills for fighting the military’s demand that the family take part in an investigation into her death. Worse still, Rogers’ parents were told that, unless they agreed to get with the program and participate in the investigation, they could be sent to jail.” -Michael Harris, ipolitics
SUICIDES claim more Canadian soldiers than those killed in Afghan war >http://on.thestar.com/1qds0JO
PTSD/SUICIDE PREVENTION PROGRAM FOR OUR CANADIAN MILITARY CUT BY HARPER GOVERNMENT “DND’s Deployment Health Section is being shut down, cutting four jobs, including those of suicide prevention specialists. The employees also monitor PTSD rates and traumatic brain injury. Eight of the 18 jobs in DND’s epidemiology section also will be cut. Those include epidemiologists and researchers who analyze mental health issues such as depression, PTSD, and suicide.” http://bit.ly/1yISrBv -National Post
HOW HAS THE HARPER GOVERNMENT TREATED OUR HOMELESS AND DYING VETERANS?
Stephen Harper refused to acknowledge questions on the federal Canadian Veterans funeral fund named ‘The Last Post Fund” for poor, impoverished and homeless veterans to get a respectable, proper Canadian burial. Out of 29,853 requests for assistance, 67 per cent of applications from Veterans families, funeral directors and community members since 2006 have been rejected by the Harper government. Families of nearly 2,000 poor and homeless veterans a year are being turned away by the government to help them with funeral expenses. http://bit.ly/1uug2T3, http://bit.ly/1pZZsL5
The number of homeless veterans in Canada “could be thousands” >http://bit.ly/1pyO6b4
Take a listen: Rick Mercer rants on how the Harper government is treating our Canadian Veterans. http://huff.to/1xLalRr
VIDEO: Veterans plea for Canadian military to join in protest of Harper government >http://bit.ly/11fzZRJ
Canadian Veterans launch ‘Anyone But Conservatives’ campaign for 2015 federal election http://bit.ly/1xLaZyr
Veterans To Canadian Soldiers: Help Us Beat Harper In Next Election >http://huff.to/1zmeYAH
Cartoonist credit: Michael Deadder
same game on the public service for disabilities, workers coping through the claim processes end up with high suicide rates too
bad enough to be disabled, but to be constantly treated like you are faking or not as bad
how about administering the policies instead of denying them?