Thursday, November 16, 2006


No surprise here

A group of Canadian veterans is calling on the government to create an ombudsman for veterans affairs, saying it's not fair that Ottawa gives much lower benefits to military personnel than it does to public servants.

"We wonder about the families of soldiers killed in Afghanistan who receive a lump sum of $250,000 plus two years of a very modest salary, while a director in the federal civil service who fatally slips on a bar of soap in the bathtub will receive more than $650,000, or a deputy minister fatally falling down the stairs to his basement would receive $1.25 million," Sean Bruyea, a retired captain and spokesman for the group, said Wednesday.

It is for things like this and a multitude of others that I advocate unionizing the military.
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