Veterans speak out against loss of front line services

How the Canadian government is betraying veterans

The Canadian government promised to take care of veterans from the day they enlisted until the day they die. But drastic cuts to Veterans Affairs staff and services since 2012 mean that veterans are not getting the care they need and deserve.

Vince Rigby and Ron Clarke

Veterans Ron Clarke and Vince Rigby

Vince Rigby served 22 years in the Canadian military. Diagnosed with extreme PTSD, he credits the workers in the Sydney Veterans Affairs office for saving his life. 

Ron Clarke spent 36 years in the Canadian Armed Forces. “I retired with a problem with my back. And then later on I was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder, and then arthritis in the hands and then the arthritis in the spine,” he says.

Robyn Young

Robyn Young, Canadian soldier

Robyn Young is only 24 years old, but has already served in the Royal Canadian Navy for eight years. She is currently unable to serve, due to the side effects from surviving both a brain tumour and an unnecessary surgery that has left her with permanent double vision and constant vertigo and nausea.

She has been trying to get help from Veterans Affairs. But the office in Windsor closed last year, along with eight others in Canada.

Robyn's story

Michelle Bradley

Michelle Bradley, National Vice President for the Atlantic Region of the Union of Veterans Affairs Employees

Michelle Bradley and the workers she represents are on the front lines.

As the National Vice President for the Atlantic Region of the Union of Veterans Affairs Employees, she represents the people who work directly with veterans — processing benefits claims and assisting them with their day-to-day needs.

Michelle's story

Rob Cutbush

Rob Cutbush, veteran

Robert Cutbush is 50 and served 25 years in Royal Canadian Navy. He is the president of his local Legion in Thunder Bay and extremely active in supporting veterans in his community.

But like many veterans, Rob struggles with PTSD and other mental health challenges. 

Rob's story

We are all affected

Are you affected by Veterans Affairs office closures?

PSAC is working with veterans across the country to track the consequences of these closures. Are you a veteran with a story to share? Please let us know.

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