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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Thank you "Fatnino" and Harper - nice show of support for our hero's

France to help cover Canadian vet's travel costs for D-Day anniversary 

As a young corporal, Stanley Fields was among the first Canadians to storm Juno Beach in Normandy.

“When our buddies were being shot and killed, we weren’t allowed to stop and move them,” Fields told CTV News. “Keep on going, that’s what we got orders to do.”

Fields, now 95 years old, plans to return to the site of the invasion that marked the turning point in the Second World War.

Last March, Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino announced the government would offer $2,000 to any veteran to help cover travel costs to Normandy, so they could help commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day on June 6.

But while Fields applied for the travel subsidy, he says the funds don’t even come close to covering the cost of the trip to France.

“You have wheelchairs involved, you have people with reduced mobility even for getting in and out of bed,” said Fields’ partner Jean Kelly.

Luckily, Fields and his family were able to obtain help from another source: the local government in Normandy offered to pay for the family’s hotels, and offered more than $4,300 to help cover the travel costs for his spouse and daughter.

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Tories spending $4M more on veterans ads to counter 'misinformation': Fantino

OTTAWA - Veterans Affairs is spending an additional $4 million on advertising this year — including television spots throughout the NHL playoffs — but ignoring the plight of families who care for injured soldiers, says the spouse of a veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder.

An angry Jenifer Migneault chased after Julian Fantino and demanded to speak to the veterans affairs minister following his appearance Thursday at a House of Commons committee hearing.

The spectacle played out before a crush of reporters, television cameras and microphones in a scene reminiscent of Fantino's testy encounter last winter with veterans angry about the closure of federal offices.

This time Fantino — whose image took a bruising in the last encounter — chose not to stop and explain the government's position.

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