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Dallaire says Conservatives are 'second-guessing' the cost of veterans

OTTAWA - Sen. Romeo Dallaire, a former Canadian Forces lieutenant-general, says some Conservative MPs have been grousing about what it costs to take care of Canada's veterans. Dallaire, best known as the former commander of the ill-fated peacekeeping mission in Rwanda, says he's been hearing complaints about the roughly $3.8 billion the government spends each year on Veterans Affairs. He made the comments in an interview with The Canadian Press before testifying today at the House of Commons veterans committee.

Veterans say there's a huge gap between Tory rhetoric and reality

OTTAWA - A veterans group says there's a major disconnect between what the Harper government is saying in court about its obligation to ex-soldiers and reassurances from Veterans Minister Julian Fantino. Canadian Veterans Advocacy says a decades-old commitment to care for those who served, particularly the wounded, has been abandoned by the Conservatives even as they prepare to commemorate the sacrifices of war in Afghanistan.

High unemployment still haunting military veterans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Unemployment among U.S. military veterans eased last year, government data showed on Thursday, but remained far higher than the national average rate for the civilian population. The unemployment rate among veterans who had joined the military after September 11, 2001, averaged 9.0 percent last year, down from 9.9 percent in 2012, the Labor Department said. That was about 1.6 percentage points above the rate for the civilian population.

Joblessness among Gulf War era veterans inches down to 9.9 per cent for 2013, but still high

WASHINGTON - New Labor Department figures show the unemployment rate for working-age veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. armed forces since September 2001 edged down slightly in 2013, to 9.0 per cent. But Thursday's report also found that the rate remained well above the overall civilian unemployment figure of 6.7 per cent. The decrease followed a decline to 9.9 per cent in 2012. The statistics cover veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. armed forces at any time since September 2001, a group referred to as Gulf War-era veterans.

Afghan war veterans face bigger struggle than those who came before: advocates

KABUL - History can sometimes have a strange echo. The Harper government is preparing in a big way to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War at the same time as it faces the human toll of its own vastly smaller military adventure. The cares, concerns and complaints of veterans from the war to end all wars and follow-on calamity of the Second World War helped shape the social and political landscape of 20th century in important, under-appreciated, and now sometimes forgotten ways, say historians and advocates.

110th anniversary commemoration of Boer War skirted 'sensitive' details

OTTAWA - The Conservative government was warned in advance by bureaucrats that its 110th anniversary commemoration of the Boer War celebrated a "sensitive" conflict. In fact, a speech by the then-veterans affairs minister at the May 2012 event purposely "speaks of the war only peripherally" in order to avoid uncomfortable context, according to documents obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act.

Royal Canadian Legion to take list of demands to parliamentary committee

OTTAWA - The Royal Canadian Legion is set to call on the Harper government to take better care of wounded veterans and their families. Representatives from the legion are scheduled to appear today before a parliamentary committee. One of their requests is for more frequent reviews of the New Veterans Charter, marquee legislation championed by the Harper government since it was enacted in 2006.

Cleaners cry foul over Tory changes to home-care program for veterans

OTTAWA - Already under fire for the closure of eight regional Veterans Affairs offices, the Conservative government is now facing a fresh barrage of criticism for changes to a national home-care program for former soldiers. One of Canada's largest providers of housecleaning services to veterans says an overhaul of the Veterans Independence Program two years ago has actually made it more difficult for retired members of the military to manage services such as housekeeping and yard work.

Burial fund gets $108 million injection as olive branch to angry veterans

OTTAWA - The Harper government is pouring an additional $108 million into a federal fund that gives impoverished ex-soldiers a dignified burial, and is loosening the criteria so it will apply to younger veterans, such as those who fought in Afghanistan. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's latest budget contained the measure, an olive branch to the veterans community which has become increasingly disenchanted and vocal about their treatment.

Medically released vets being denied benefits in 'unfair' process: ombudsman

OTTAWA - The country's military ombudsman says some soldiers being hustled out the door on medical discharges find they don't qualify for benefits because Veterans Affairs uses its own, more stringent criteria, in what has become an unfair process. Pierre Daigle, whose term ends in a few weeks, is telling a Senate committee that many ex-soldiers have to fight to prove that the conditions that made them ineligible to serve are in fact a result of their service.
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