D-Day Vigil for Veterans
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Post-event Media Review
The Vigil was a tremendous success. Our message got out from coast to coast!
Thanks to Col Pat Strogran for speaking at the event in Ottawa and thanks also to Mr. Thomas Mulciar and Mr. Bob Rae for demonstrating their support with their presence at our event on the Hill.
Thanks also go to Kevin Berry, Major Mark Campbell, Brian Archer and all the others who came out to rally in Vancouver and Ottawa to get the message out about the problems of the New Veterans Charter, the Lump Sum Disability Award, Equitas and the proposed class action lawsuit.
Our success in getting the message out can be measured by the extensive media coverage we received. Thanks to the media for their support.
A list of coverage follows (or download a pdf version):
CBC.ca (online): Veterans plan protest on D-Day anniversary
CBC Homestretch (radio): Veterans protest
CBC Ottawa Morning (radio): New vets protest for benefits
CBC BlueSky Saskatchewan (radio): A new battle for veterans
CBC Ontario Today (radio): Veterans' protest on D-Day
Sun Media (print, online): Young vets mark D-Day, protest benefits
CKNW Talk Radio, The Bill Good Show (radio): Wounded Warriors Fighting to Get Better Benefits
570News (radio): Rally on Parliament Hill included soldiers and veterans (starts at 1:40).
CBC News Now (TV): D-Day anniversary protest
CTV News Channel (TV): Call for better treatment
Global BC Morning News (TV): Importance of benefits for vets
Global National (TV): Ex-soldiers protest vets benefits on D-Day anniversary
CVA Vigil for Veterans, Ottawa (video): Speeches on Parliament Hill, Mike Blais, Thomas Mulciar, and Col Pat Stogran
CVA/Equitas Rally for Veterans, Vancouver (video): Speeches in Vancouver by Kevin Berry, Brian Archer, and Maj Mark Campbell
We are pleased to be holding simultaneous events to commemorate the 68th anniversary of D-Day and the storming of Juno Beach, a pivotal moment in Canadian and world history, and to honour the brave Canadian Soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice on this day.
We will also be highlighting the discrepancy in treatment of serving CF members and military veterans by the Federal Government and speaking to the injustices of the Lump Sum Disability Award and the New Veterans Charter.
|OTTAWA – Vigil for Veterans
When: June 6, 2012, 3:00 pm
Where: Parliament Hill, Ottawa
Col (ret’d) Pat Stogran, Canada’s first Veterans Ombudsman
VANCOUVER – Rally for Veterans
When: June 6, 2012, 12:00 pm
Where: 605 Robson Street at Seymour (VAC Head Offices), Vancouver
Veterans of the war in Afghanistan;
Hardy Staub, Veteran, former Mayor of White Rock, and Director, Equitas Disabled Soldiers Funding Society
In a return to our primary mandate and the issues upon which we were founded, the Canadian Veterans Advocacy must continue to send a strong message to the government of Canada and press them to take measures insuring all veterans of all eras are treated fairly – ONE VETERAN, ONE STANDARD.
Please join us for a respectful vigil on Parliament Hill on the anniversary of D-Day – June 6th, 2012. The purpose of this vigil is two fold: first, we want pay our respects to the valiant Canadians who fought at Juno Beach on June 6th, 1944. Secondly, we want to draw attention to the discrepancy between the standards of care and respect this nation has shown to its “traditional veterans” compared to the shameful standards now foisted on our modern-day veterans of recent past peacekeeping missions and Afghanistan.
We will continue to raise awareness about the discriminatory lump sum award that has been imposed on ill and injured CF members and Veterans since 2006 and the institution of the New Veterans Charter. It appears that soldiers and vets will find themselves back in court fighting the very government they have served in order to receive fair compensation in times of illness and injury, not to mention fighting to have their Charter Rights respected! It is time the government restored the social contract with soldiers.
We are also concerned with improving the standards of compensation for widows to a pre-NVC level, as well as pursuing the SISIP issue. We encourage veterans who have been impacted by this cruel and unjust clawback policy to with us in Ottawa, or organize a D-Day Vigil events of your own so that we might collectively send a message to the Department of Justice and National Defence that we expect justice to be served and a positive review concluded with all due haste.
On this anniversary of D-Day, stand with us! Make a difference!
We will assemble near the National War Memorial on June 6th at 1400 hours (Corner of Wellington and Elgin). At the conclusion of Question Period we will invite parliamentarians to join us on the steps of the House of Commons where the service will be held.