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Journeyman said:Whoa......that was a deja vu moment. ;D
Jed I think JM just volunteered to join and help you. All his bling would look smashing on a Navy Blazer :stirpot:
Journeyman said:Whoa......that was a deja vu moment. ;D
Well looking at the snow and thermometer, there's no signs that hell's freezing over.Danjanou said:Jed I think JM just volunteered to join and help you.
I had one get all the way through, even got a letter saying I was entitled to something, took about five months but then they wanted more info to decide the actual percentage. That "zeros" the clock and I am almost at the three month mark for that decision. In total it has been 7+ months for one of the most common medical issues they deal with and all I have been told is that it is still at the adjudication stage and could be another eight weeks before anything happens. Is this the Red Tape they allegedly cut?blackberet17 said:It can take six months to get to Step 2, PuckChaser. Friend had an application in end of September, he only saw his award finally about three weeks ago.
blackberet17 said:It can take six months to get to Step 2, PuckChaser. Friend had an application in end of September, he only saw his award finally about three weeks ago.
blackberet17 said:Sorry Gramps, hope you don't think by my diatribe I was attacking your point or anything. I know where a lot of the frustration stems from. I just try to explain the process as much as possible.
Gramps said:No worries. I didnt think that anything was any kind of an attack, I just wanted to make sure it was understood that, in my opinion it is the system that is the problem and not the people (at least the vast majority I have dealt with).
Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino says a new government ad that has begun to air during prime-time NHL playoff games is aimed at improving communications with Canada's veterans.
But in question period on Tuesday, Liberal MP Frank Valeriote suggested Conservatives were spending big to promote themselves.
Valeriote referenced how Tories spent more than $1 million last year on ads during the Stanley Cup playoffs promoting a Canada Jobs Grant program that did not exist.
Advertising Standards Canada ruled in August the ads were "misleading" but the Harper government received no sanctions. Earlier this year, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, however, awarded the Tories their annual award for wasteful federal spending.
An internal government report obtained by The Canadian Press showed the job grant ads were deliberately pitched to men, as viewership for the NHL playoffs was about 60 per cent male.
Valeriote said Tuesday that Tories were "feeding" on Canada's heightened sense of veterans' issues to promote what he called an "underfunded and failing" career services program.
The program allows veterans to be reimbursed for some services that may help them transition to civilian life, including job finding assistance or interview techniques.
"Why would they spend millions of dollars more on ads while not funding the very programs that veterans have been pleading for?" Valeriote asked.
Fantino said Valeriote was incorrect with his assertion.
"I have heard time and again that Veterans Affairs needs to improve its communications with Canadian veterans and indeed Canadians," he said.
Fantino said veterans need to know about the financial support, mental health services, and rehabilitation programs available to them.
"Is that member really saying that we should not be telling veterans and informing them and their families on how they can access benefits?" Fantino asked.
OTTAWA - Veterans Affairs is spending an additional $4 million on advertising this year — including television spots throughout the NHL playoffs — but ignoring the plight of families who care for injured soldiers, says the spouse of a veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder.
An angry Jenifer Migneault chased after Julian Fantino and demanded to speak to the veterans affairs minister following his appearance Thursday at a House of Commons committee hearing.
The spectacle played out before a crush of reporters, television cameras and microphones in a scene reminiscent of Fantino's testy encounter last winter with veterans angry about the closure of federal offices.
This time Fantino — whose image took a bruising in the last encounter — chose not to stop and explain the government's position.
"I'm offended," an embittered Migneault said afterward.
"A man like that is supposed to be so proud of my husband's service? C'mon, that's a joke ... We're the ones who live 24 hours a day with their heroes."
The Harper government has poured millions of extra dollars into veterans benefits and services, but the challenges faced by caregivers represent a major funding gap, one that has received little public attention.
Migneault, whose husband Claude Rainville was diagnosed with PTSD eight years ago, has tried to raise awareness, but she said she can't get Conservative MPs — including Fantino's parliamentary secretary, Parm Gill — to return her calls.
The spouses of physically and mentally wounded soldiers need training and support to be caregivers, said Migneault. Most of what she's learned has been on her own, including a 40-hour class to help her better understand when best to simply listen to her husband, and when to intervene.
The money being spent on increased advertising should go elsewhere, Migneault said.
"Please just use that money to talk to us," she said.
"We'll tell you a whole lot about our husbands that you guys don't know about. Spend the money in the right place and you'll see real results."
During his testimony, Fantino defended the increase, saying the ads are an attempt by the government to communicate directly with veterans and dispel what he called "misinformation" surrounding the treatment of ex-soldiers.
"We are faced with the bantering that goes back and forth about what is — or isn't (covered); what facts and non-facts are; and also the fear mongering, " Fantino told the committee.
He described the information battle as one of the government's "biggest challenges."
Still, neither Fantino nor his deputy minister could say how much the advertising increase is going towards expensive prime-time ads during playoff hockey games — or how much each commercial is costing.
The opposition parties accused the government of promoting itself at the expense of improved programs and benefits. Liberal critic Frank Valeriote pointed out that this year's federal budget increased transition services for veterans by only $11,000.
"I'm wondering how you can justify for us your department spending more on advertising — a $4-million increase in advertising — and less on the actual programs themselves," Valeriote said.
The TV ads emphasize efforts to move soldiers smoothly from military to civilian life, even though the federal government often relies on independent agencies, such as the Veterans Transition Network and Canada Command, to build those bridges for individuals.
Critics within the veterans community have said the ads are misleading and give the impression the government is doing more than it actually is.
Teager said:OTTAWA - Veterans Affairs is spending an additional $4 million on advertising this year — including television spots throughout the NHL playoffs — but ignoring the plight of families who care for injured soldiers, says the spouse of a veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder.