Every time that Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino tells us how he is trying to ‘help’ Canadian veterans, he seems to stretch the limits of incredulity .
We’ve already been told that budget cuts that resulted in closing some veterans offices and reducing support for veterans dealing with PTSD and other afflictions would have no negative impact .
Yet the horrific stories of veterans suicides and depression tell a different story.
Fantino now says that the criticism leveled against him is unfair.
He says that severely wounded vets , for instance ,receive $10,000 a month in benefits and assistance.
That’s great news, except for the fact that it isn’t true !
The Veterans Affairs Department’s own stats show that of the 521 severely injured vets who would qualify , only about 4 of them might, emphasize MIGHT , qualify for the maximum payment.
Most of those wounded vets receive considerably less in the way of support.
So, here goes Fantino again, playing fast and loose with the truth to try to create the impression that this government is looking after Canadian veterans.
Let’s not forget that this is the same government that is in court, arguing that they have no moral responsibility to care for Afghanistan vets who return home after serving their country.
Maybe we’ve become so jaded that we don’t even flinch when our government doctors the truth.
But using Canadian Veterans as pawns in this cost cutting charade is shameful.