Canadian Hero Fund: Supporting Veterans

5 Nov

Hello friends.  It’s been far too long since we had one of our little chats, and for that I’m deeply sorry.  State of Affairs isn’t defunct, but we’re in a period of serious change, and as a result my myriad responsibilities as Prince of the Internet have taken me elsewhere and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.  With that said, I’m going to make more of an effort to keep content coming on SoA, either personally or courtesy of my network of Correspondents in the form of guest blogs.  Thanks for your patience; I really do appreciate it.

Apologies aside, and thanks to my aforementioned Correspondents, something came across my desk this morning that I wanted to share with my Canadian readers.

We have a funny relationship with our military in this country.  I don’t think too many Canadians think of themselves or their fellow citizens as war-like.  We pride ourselves on being “peacekeepers”, frequently entering combat zones to help those in need.  The fact remains, however, that Canadian forces find themselves in combat situations a lot these days: just ask anybody who’s recently taken a tour of Afghanistan.   As a result, we’re seeing veterans return from that conflict at numbers unprecedented in years.

Now, I’ve been an outspoken opponent of the Middle East war since its inception back in 2001, but as I’ve said before on this blog, my argument is with policy makers and politicians, not soldiers.  As a hero of mine once put it, the job of a soldier is basically to go be brave as a motherfucker all day long, get shot at, and possibly come back dead or in more pieces than when you left.  And frankly, no matter what you think about the war or the military, you’d be hard-pressed to argue the case that these men and women don’t deserve our support.

The Canadian Hero Fund is a charity very similar to Britain’s Help for Heroes campaign; it is a grassroots organization designed to provide financial support for veterans and their families.  I could explain in further detail, but here’s a video instead:

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The Fund is currently becoming active on Facebook; here is the link to their Facebook fan page.  I’ve joined as a fan, and their page is now favourited on State of Affairs as well.  If you have family or friends who are veterans, or if you simply want to take action to help out the people who represent our country and defend those who can’t defend themselves, I’d urge you to take a look and spread the word.

And thanks again for coming back; I know this was a heavy-handed post, but I promise something lighthearted (or at least caustic and accusatory) will go up soon.

3 Responses to “Canadian Hero Fund: Supporting Veterans”

  1. Canadian Hero Fund November 5, 2010 at 2:17 PM #

    Thank you very much for helping us get the word out about our 11 for 11 initiative!

  2. Alex James November 5, 2010 at 2:19 PM #

    You’re quite welcome. As I said, I really consider this a worthwhile cause. Thank *you* for getting it started.

  3. Brian Bradley June 15, 2011 at 10:53 PM #

    To whom it may concern,

    Over the past 16 years this Canadian veteran has been forced by the unlawful decisions of the VRAB (Veterans Review and Appeal Board; a division of Veterans Affairs) to bring ‘motions’ to the Fed. Ct. (Trial Division, ref. #’s T-157-98; T-2137-99; T-67-03; T-401-05 & T-617-09; see the …really-pay hyperlink at signature block) in an attempt to force the government of Canada to pay the disability pension benefits that this Applicant seeks. In 5 (including the last 2) out of 6 rulings by the Fed. Ct., this matter has been referred back to the VRAB (i.e., ruled in favour of this veteran). As in another instance (refer to Fed. Ct. case# T-2137-99), this veteran is left waiting while the VRAB stall and do nothing towards recognizing their obligations to this veteran (and all other veterans of the Canadian Forces and Mounted Police).

    While awaiting for something called the actual service of justice, this Applicant has also been denied (over the past 5-6 years) disability pension benefits by the CPP group …. with this second unlawful dept. using the same unfounded ‘excuses’ that the VRAB used (and which resulted in the rulings against the VRAB). I recently received a ruling of the Fed. Ct. which essentially denied me the right to bring this matter before them in my search of justice ….. thus extending and amplifying this exercise in futility for this veteran ….. along with that of far too many other veterans like him.

    If this is the manner in which the government of Canada treats the men and women who have placed their lives on the line for that same government in local and foreign theatres of conflict, how must one believe that that same government is treating the remainder of the Canadian citizens such as you and your family members?

    I have contacted Legal Aid AB, Legal Guidance Calgary, and a half dozen other organizations in my search for justice (not to mention in excess of 400 solicitors in the Calgary, Alberta and other Canadian provinces), and have yet to find a solicitor willing to act on a ‘pro bono’ basis in representing this Applicant’s claims with the Canadian government departments concerned. While such an effort requires an exceptional level of honesty and integrity, where can I find such an ‘animal’? Do you have what it takes?

    Brian Bradley
    #801, 939 Bracewood Dr. S.W.
    Calgary, AB, Canada T2W 3M4
    Ph.: (403) 455 – 9353
    email: bcbrad3@gmail.com

    https://sites.google.com/site/bcbrad3evennow/how-much-do-we-really-pay;
    http://sites.google.com/site/bcbrad3evennow/lethal-environmental-threats

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