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Association Veterans Concerns Committee Report (2018:01)

1. CF Personnel, Veterans and Suicide

a. Based on a well publicized StatsCan study of over 112,000 Regular Force Personnel who served after 1971 and were who were released by or before 2006, the suicide rate for male Veterans was 46% higher than for male Canadian civilians of similar ages. The same study also noted that suicide risks were even higher for younger male CF personnel and Veterans. – This may be noteworthy, considering that 75% of all Reservists, leave the Canadian Forces, by or before age 30.

(What we have to be careful about is not to fall into the trap that some media types have followed, who blithely connect CF membership with an increase in suicide. Period! – That type of logic is akin to suggesting that a lack of sunlight causes an increase in crime, because the majority of crimes are committed at night time.)

b. Granted, PTSD has been strongly associated with ongoing and severe health problems, including depression and thoughts of suicide among too many CF Personnel and Veterans. This fact presents an ongoing challenge for both the Canadian Forces and for Veterans’ Affairs Canada. But there are also many problems other than PTSD that afflict the over 600,000 living Canadians Veterans of both the Regular Force and of the Reserves. The trouble is, Veterans’ Affairs Canada has only ever heard from about 100,000 Veterans, who are actual VAC clients. The other half-million Veterans are unknown to VAC; and many suffer in silence and in unfortunate ignorance.

In order to better serve these 500,000 or so unknown Canadian Veterans, a free 24-hour helpline was established by Veterans’ Affairs Canada. – A call to 800-268-7708
(or to 800-567-5803 for the hearing impaired) will allow for a connection to a nearby mental health professional, and may trigger up to 20 free counselling sessions. Also access to a special Veterans’ Emergency Fund (announced in 2017) will be available as of April 2018.
For other Veteran related problems a trained Royal Canadian Legion Service Officer could be another good and free resource, even if the Veteran is not a Legion member.
Call 1-877-534-4666 for further information.

2. Friday Savings for Veterans at Canadian Tire Gas Bars. (3 cents per litre)

Every Friday gasoline purchases are 3 cents per litre cheaper at Canadian Tire gas bars. Serving Members show CF ID cards. Veterans can use CF1 cards.
(Also acceptable for Veterans are NDI 75, and VAC Health Benefit Card.)

3. If you have any other concerns or helpful suggestions, please contact any of the members of our Veterans’ Concerns Committee, or me personally.

“Ich Dien”

Alan

Alan Nanders
Chair VCC
519-573-2829
[email protected]

Ken Withrow

Send on behalf of Ross Atkinson Association President:
 
It is my sad duty to inform our Association members of the passing of Ken Withrow, after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Ken he was an NCO in the Regiment back in the 70’s and then volunteered with the Cadet Corps along with his service to the Association.
 
He created and managed the association’s website. His attendance declined as his health took a turn for the worse.
 
A strong showing by all Association Members in full uniform complete with medals and poppies would be appreciated.
For those of us who knew Ken, I’m sure the family would love to hear some humorous stories of Ken, similar to the day I “shot” Ken with my SMG when it had a double feed, and a piece of brass casing hit him in the ear. It was only a flesh wound, but all the yelling!
The funeral will be a private family funeral however, the memorial service is open to all family/friends/military members.
Thursday October 26, 2017 at 1900 hrs
St. John’s Anglican Church, West Toronto
288 Humberside Ave,
Toronto, ON M6P 1L5

Update – 2 – Al Tweten

Hello Association Members & Regimental Family,

Major Saunders has posted the following on The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada FB page:

At 1:46 this morning is was my privilege to be with Al Tweten as he ascended into the next world. God Bless you Al.

No news on any arrangements.

I’ll forward once I see and\or receive.

Al Tweten, A friend and mentor to The Royal Regiment of Canada Regimental Family who truly loved to play music and often played with The Royal Regiment of Canada Band and other Bands in 32 Brigade.

My thoughts and prayers are with the Tweten family and The Queens Own Rifles of Canada.

Regards,

Glen

Al Tweten Update – 2 :

Friends may call at the Turner & Porter “Yorke Chapel” 2357 Bloor Street West (at Windermere) on Thursday from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. Funeral Service will be held on Friday, October 27th at 9:30 am at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church (73 Simcoe St. ) Reception to be at the church after the service. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Al to the Toronto Humane Society or the Princess Alexandra Bursary of the Queens Own Rifles would be appreciated.

Official Toronto Poppy Campaign Kick-off – Friday October 27TH – 11 AM

Friday, October 27, 2017

OFFICIAL TORONTO POPPY CAMPAIGN KICK-OFF
The Toronto Royal Canadian Legion will be joined by TTC war and peacekeeping veterans, veterans from Sunnybrook’s War Veterans Wing and children from Davisville Junior Public School for its annual poppy campaign launch. Honour the valuable sacrifices made by Canada’s fighting forces by donating and wearing poppies in 2017.

Location: North York Centre Station.

Time: 11 a.m.

The TTC invites all employees who are reservists, veterans or peacekeepers, and are not scheduled to work at that time, to attend the poppy kickoff. Please call Special Events and Programs Specialist Jane Garofalo at 416-393-3902 for more information.