William H.A. Willbond MSM, CD

Meeting On The Hill: November 5, 2011

Ottawa City, that’s a long journey from Saanichton, B.C.
I’d love to be there to support our wounded suffering PTSD.
I’ve a clawed back Army pension and I don’t have the dough
Or I’d fly there with huge banners – to Bytown, I would go!

Gone are those days of the Canadian Veterans’ Land Act.
My Dad was helped by VAC as from the war he came back.
He was wounded three times over in the front lines.
His nerves were real bad and he suffered hard times.

Our new batch of wounded from the Afghanistan War
Won’t get a medical pension they don’t do that no more.
Many who will soon suffer OSI afflictions in days to come
Were sent out the gate with a cheque called a “lump sum”.

I have a new MP this year. Her name is Elizabeth May.
She’ll back Canada’s Veterans! That’s what she did say.
Thank you Peter Stoffer, for working on the claw back.
We saw the great work you did when we watched CPAC.

God bless all of you veterans who parade on the Hill today.
My thoughts are there with you and for your success, I pray.
I hope that the head shed and the good folks down at VAC.
Give pensions to our wounded: lump sums they don’t need!

 Rifleman P.J. Hoare’s firing party: Nicosia – Aug 1965
Rifleman P.J. Hoare’s firing party: Nicosia – Aug 1965. Colonel Kirby, RSM McLeod and NCO i/c Firing Party, Sergeant Jim Waldron are all on that parade-square in the sky. May you RIP lads.

Canadian Veterans To Protest Government Policies

By Rosalind Russell
September 21, 2011

It’s Legion Week this week, but a more important date is coming up this fall. The Canadians Veterans National Day of Protest is set for November 5, 2011.

Veterans and Canadian patriots will be gathering once again at their Member of Parliament’s offices or making the veterans pilgrimage to Parliament Hill on November 5 to address the consequences the New Veterans Charter on veterans.

Nothing can be more important to veterans at this time than taking steps to halt the Canadian government’s proposed five to ten percent cuts to Veterans Affairs Canada operating budget. This is an extraordinary amount of funding, a potential annual decrease of over $300-million dollars.

Last spring, the Canadian government acknowledged veterans concerns about inadequate support through the passage of Bill C-55, in essence, the provision of $2-billion dollars of enhancements to address NVC shortfalls.

Bill C-55 was rushed through Parliament and the Senate without time for proper debate and the consequences, as demonstrated by Royal Canadian Legion Dominion President, Patricia Varga’s, extraordinary accusations about discrimination against WW2, Korean and Peacekeeping veterans are not surprising.

Of the $2 – billion, it has been confirmed that $189-million will be committed to veterans over the first five years, equating to $38-million additional funding dollars per year, a rate that will take over 50 years for the $2-billion to be committed.

Sounds good, but wait a minute. Although the award is based on a wartime disability, a majority of the new enhancements are fully taxed and will return hundreds of millions of dollars to the government’s coffers.

Let us also put this in context of the proposed cuts to Veterans Affairs Canada’s budget and while the government claims to be willing to address the profound inadequacies of the New Veterans Charter via Bill C-55, they are concurrently planning on a 5-10 % reduction from the Veterans Affairs Canada budget. Do the math. How does this serve Canada’s warriors? Should not their treatment be considered in the same vein as politicians’ salaries, exempt from any austerity programs? Is it right for politicians to pay off the national debt on the backs of disabled veterans they sent to war?

The CVA is encouraging veterans, their families and all Canadians to proactively pursue this matter with their elected Member of Parliament.

Veterans are also encouraged to contact their MP during this period and encourage him/her to vote for the speedy passage of this bill.

And, thank a veteran this week. It is the least we should do, to acknowledge all disabled veterans and their families and all those who stand on guard for thee.