Posts made in March, 2018

RED Friday…..GOOD FRIDAY

Posted by on Mar 30, 2018 in The Invisible Army | 0 comments

As we begin the most significant CELEBRATION of EASTER. I am appalled as a Christian. As well as most Veterans are. Whether one fell out to the right or left on Church parade. Or stood at ease in the atheist (non Believer) area. The majority of NATO troops are Christian.

It really upsets me here in the UK that all Chocolate products no matter what brand. Do not have the word EASTER  on the boxes. The Governments says this is done so as not to offend believers of ISLAM. Well it is reverse persecution in that I am deeply offended as a Christian/

Thus endeth the lesson. I remember this Sermon or pat thereof from my days on Church Parades at Easter.

Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet John13.1-15
It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!” Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.
When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them.“You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.
I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.

May our Lord God in Heaven protect our soldiers and their families. Amen

Nil Sine Labore

Robby

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Sadly this is HAPPENING all to often.

Posted by on Mar 28, 2018 in The Invisible Army | 0 comments

Where are the VAC when these soldiers and many others needed assistance?

P T S D  the scourge of Canada and her Military families.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/anderson-brothers-ptsd-1.4589733

 

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/ronald-anderson-s-family-calls-for-improved-ptsd-treatment-1.2557450

PLEASE give a thought and a prayer to our men and women SUFFERING  most times in silence and ISOLATION.

Nil Sine Labore

Robby

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Monday

Posted by on Mar 26, 2018 in The Invisible Army | 0 comments

First Columbia FIZZELED out Then the MALI op has changed many times, before becoming a full fledged UN Mission.                                             BUT WHAT ABOUT IRAQ?

Six months after it was suspended, Canada’s advise and assist mission in northern Iraq remains in a state of limbo, with no immediate end in sight. So what’s happened? And why is the mission still suspended? The following ANALYSIS is from the host of Power and Politics

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canadian-special-forces-mission-iraq-kurds-1.4591107

Does the current government even care about our troops????? In Mali the body count so far with UN Troops is 162 before we even go their?

An op-ed from Sean Bruyere

April 1, 2018: Yet Another Round of Inadequate Band-Aid Measures for Veterans
By Sean Bruyea
The process was rotten from the start. Does the product provide any redemption? On April 1, 2018, government will once again try to resuscitate the justifiably maligned veterans’ program known as the New Veterans Charter.
This latest revitalization of the 2005 Liberal legislation creates a new education benefit for veterans, renovates a caregiver allowance, and tweaks a job transition program.
The April 1st changes also rename the legislation that unilaterally replaced nearly 200 years of lifetime payments for pain and suffering with one-time lump sums. Originally tabled in 2005 as the Canadian Forces Members and Veterans Re-establishment and Compensation Act, this mouthful allowed bureaucrats to impose the colloquial label, the “New Veterans Charter”. The new name: the Veterans Well-Being Act.
Implying the grandiosity of what a charter typically embraces including universality of rights and privileges for a given group, government has long manipulated the message that they are doing more for veterans than they really are. However, the New Veterans Charter is nothing more than a repackaged and rebranded hodgepodge of previously and currently existing benefits limited to those injured or suffering a “service-related need” resulting from their time in uniform.
The original Veterans Charter assembled dozens of pieces of legislation and regulations granting universal and comprehensive benefits to all veterans, not just those injured in service. Let’s see if the April 1st changes provide “well-being”.
Currently, the most disabled veterans requiring ongoing care provided by an unpaid volunteer can qualify for an annual tax-free grant of $7,546.25. This grant will be replaced by a “Caregiver Recognition Benefit” paying $1,000 tax-free monthly directly to the caregiver. Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) plans on rolling over the 682 current grant recipients to the new monthly benefit. By 2027, VAC expects to have 1500 recipients on the new benefit.
However, the new benefit doesn’t come close to addressing what veterans asked for and families need. Having an all-or-nothing program that anticipates recognizing only those with a “disability assessment of 98% or greater” does not acknowledge immense sacrifices that families endure caring for those suffering significant disabilities, not just those assessed at 98% or greater.
Spouses of serving military have long made career sacrifices as “dependents” of the military family. Such sacrifices are exponentially magnified caring for the disabled. Clearly, $12,000 annually hardly compensates giving up one’s career. Giving nothing to those family members who provide care on a part time basis is typical for governments that profess caring for veterans’ families but do little or nothing.

By 2027, there will be more than 17,000 veterans so disabled as to be unemployable yet less than 10% of their families will receive this new benefit. Compare this with the 6,700 current recipients of an “attendance allowance” under the pre-2006 Pension Act program.
Their tax-free allowance is graduated from $296 to $1,848 monthly. And the spouses don’t have to drop their careers for the veteran to collect this allowance.
Initiatives that pay less and embrace fewer than existing programs are mean-spirited.
Perhaps the most ineffective and poorly managed New Veterans Charter program is the career transition program that provides career counselling, job-search, and job-finding assistance but no job placement. Up until the end of 2012, a third-party contractor provided these services. During the last two years of the contract, $2.6 million was spent to assist 1129 veterans. In the last year, $1 million paid for 27 veterans to receive services. The contractor was dropped and veterans had to seek their own services, being reimbursed for costs up to $1000. Only 10% of veterans who applied for the benefit were reimbursed, receiving about $600 on average.
The April 1st program again contracts a third-party and will cost a total of $38 million for 9100 veterans and spouses to receive services over nine years. The department eats up 20% in administrative costs and a likely similar amount will be consumed by contractor travel and administration. Considering the poor outcome and dearth of metrics for success in previous iterations, veterans and families should have low expectations for this program.
The transition from a highly hierarchical, authoritarian, intensely cohesive, initiative-depriving, and creativity-stunting military culture to the wide-open possibilities of civilian life is the most difficult transition one can make. Marketplace career transition models will achieve minimal results and will certainly fail to optimize the immense potential veterans possess.
The final program to start April 1st is the fruition of a 2015 campaign promise made by Justin Trudeau: “We’ll cover the cost of four years of post-secondary education for every veteran who wants one”. This harkens back to the immense successes of the original post-World War II Veterans Charter which supported 140,000 veterans in universities and trade schools. However, the April 1st education program is a disturbingly discriminatory plan that excludes 99% of veterans.
The Education Training Benefit denies access to 500,000 veterans who released prior to April 1, 2006 as well as any veteran with less than six years in the military. Those with 6 to 12 years will be supported with up to $40,000 in expenses and those with 12 years or more will receive up to $80,000. The most disabled are barred. Ottawa has abandoned all hope of improving their “well-being” and quality of life in the sphere of education.
Trudeau originally promised $80 million annually but the new plan reduces that to $132 million over six years including $12 million in administration costs and $7 million for 2000 veterans to receive short courses of less than $5,000. The remaining $113 million covers 1,000 veterans for two years and another 1,000 for four years of education.
Setting aside the 25,000 veterans who will have received rehabilitation programs, only a portion of whom receive education, of the remaining 600,000 veterans by 2024, the new program provides education to only 4,000, or less than 1% of all veterans.
In fact all programs to begin April 1, 2018 exclude those 500,000 veterans and their families who released prior to April 1, 2006.

In addition to the monotonous platitudes about Canada owing endless debts to veterans, the current Liberal government has repeatedly described expenditures at Veterans Affairs as “investments” in veterans. Trudeau promised “respect, support, and a real shot at a bright future” for veterans during the campaign. Parsimonious programs that pinch pennies first and payout to a minimum of veterans and their suffering families is not an investment in anyone’s future, except those bureaucrats rewarded for such myopic and parochial policies. They alone are guaranteed a bright future.
Sean Bruyea, vice-president of Canadians for Accountability and author, has a graduate degree in public ethics, is a retired Air Force intelligence officer, and frequent commentator on government, military, and veterans’ issues.

On that rather lengthy Blog

I close for now with an old PHOTO  53 years ago today 26 March 1965

Rest in Peace Mother of my children Alix

deceased but never forgotten. A hard working Army wife back in the day.

To all Military Familes have a great Easter.

Nil Sine Labore

Robby

 

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Red Friday and a Governmental M I S T A K E

Posted by on Mar 23, 2018 in The Invisible Army | 0 comments

The key part of this story is

” WHILE  SERVING A LIFE SENTENCE “

http://torontosun.com/news/canada/man-implicated-in-honour-killing-of-b-c-woman-in-india-mistakenly-granted-permanent-residency/wcm/129b095e-a288-4380-9102-d419bd766320

The  oft daily fiascos of this Government make me wonder? In fact Trudeau is even trying to change our language.

https://notablelife.com/government-terms-mr-mrs-father-mother/

https://thebridgehead.ca/2018/03/22/trudeaus-liberals-axe-mr-and-mrs-and-mother-and-father-to-make-government-gender-neutral/

The next is a typical story from the Liberals especially towards VETERANS. Cancel a  one million dollar programme for transition and give a private company 10 million to do the same job??????

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/veterans-jobs-app-1.4588916

I seriously wonder if the CEO of is a  friend or Liberal Party donor?

Well Parliament is certainly trading OUTSIDE with the FUTURE of our Veterans.

Stay Safe show your RED today, to recognise our Military and the Military Families of CANADA 

Nil Sine Labore

Robby

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Will Mali be yet another SOMALIA for Canada ?

Posted by on Mar 21, 2018 in The Invisible Army | 0 comments

Opinion
Canada’s peacekeeping mission in Africa is destined to become the folly in Mali

This headline certainly drew my attention. Our troops are yet packed and ready to go, yet a divisive headline appears like this one:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/mali-mission-1.4585038

Over five years of violence have made it one of the UN’s deadliest missions, with 162 fatalities to date.

http://Should Canada risk soldiers’ lives in its peacekeeping mission in Mali?

Has Trudeau and his Minister of defence decided that as a Liberal initiative it will be good for the election in 2019.

I for one have serious doubts about this mismatched mission. Will this turn out to be another Somalia for Canadian Troops?

Take Care folks and stay safe

Nul Sine Labore

Robby

 

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