William H.A. Willbond MSM, CD

REMEMBERING

Remembrance Day 2011John took a fall picture, of the Vancouver trees changing red.
Thoughts went back to my youth – we remembered War dead.
Dale’s painting of Aspens shows us the yellow brown leaves.
At our National Cenotaph the silver cross Mother Grieves.
We will go again to the Cenotaph, to remember our friends.
All across this Great Nation small town folks they’ll attend.
We will read the names of our fallen those heroes who died.
They served this great country with honour and great pride.
These falling leaves remind me of all those who have fallen.
Thanks to all of you veterans who have answered this calling.
On the 5th of November, remember our wounded that are alive.
Lobby for their medical pensions – and to let the NVC take a deep dive.
On the 11th of November, come out to remember Byron Greff;
The first ACI Afghan Conflict victim listed as a statscan war death.

RIP all –

Author’s Note: This week, wear a poppy and attend schools to remember and spread the word about our fallen.

On 11 November at 1100hrs attend a cenotaph near you to remember the sacrifices of our dead from all wars and peacekeeping missions.

Vancouver Leaves by John Ward Leighton Fall Paintings of Aspens in the interior by Dale Dirks: Retired Soldier, Canadian Artist Fall Paintings of Aspens in the interior by Dale Dirks: Retired Soldier, Canadian Artist Central Saanich Municipal Cenotaph: November 2005

Ottawa apologizes to Gulf War veteran

Postmedia News

Ottawa – Veteran Sean Bruyea accepted a rare government apology yesterday for the abuse of his personal medical and financial files by Veterans Affairs Department officials.

It is a sincere apology, not just for me, but I see it for all Canadians,” Bruyea said in an interview. “Canadians have been wonderfully supportive, not only in condemning these actions but supportive of me and I’m hoping that Canadians will see this as an apology to them too.

Veterans Affairs Minister Jean-Pierre Blackburn issued the apology in a news release and on the floor of the House of Commons. Later he called Bruyea personally and faxed him a handwritten version. The minister also instituted fast-track mediation to settle a $400,000 lawsuit out of court.

Blackburn’s statement said he and the government are “truly sorry” for the needless suffering and anxiety caused by the dissemination of the medical and financial files among hundreds of public servants and also extended his “sincere regrets” to anyone who has gone through a similar situation.

Brueau immediately accepted the apology, which comes a little over two weeks since Canada’s privacy commissioner found an “alarming” dissemination of the 46-year-old retired air force intelligence officer’s files, including psychiatric reports sent to cabinet ministers by Veterans Affairs officials who had no right or need to see them.

“That helps a lot,” Bruyea added. “It’s about fixing the system.”

Bruyea is a Gulf War veteran who suffered post-traumatic stress disorder and discovered last year that abuse of his files began after he became a public advocate for veterans, criticising the benefits system at Veterans Affairs.

His lawyer, Paul Champ, said the apology would likely have a mitigating effect on damages if the case goes to trial. Mediation is being fast-tracked by the government for a November date instead of waiting as long as a year for appointment of a mediator through the regular process.

Bruyea is suing three Veterans Affairs public servants and the government for $100,000 each.