Former veterans ombudsman slams planned National Day of Honour

Pat Stogran says when it comes to honouring those who fought in Afghanistan, Harper’s government is doing too little, too late and is creating divisive lines within Canada’s armed forces.

Stogran says creating day for Afghanistan veterans will create divisions among country's veterans

Pat Stogran served in the military for more than 30 yrs and is an advocate for disabled soldiers regardless of physical or psychological injuries. He became Canada's veterans affairs ombudsman from 2007-2010. ( CP Archive/Stephen Thorne)

A former veterans ombudsman and colonel is slamming plans to hold a National Day of Honour for members of the military who served in Afghanistan.

The National Day of Honour May 9 will include events on Parliament Hill and at bases and legions across the country.

However, some members of the military community – including a retired colonel of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry – are unhappy with the plans.

Pat Stogran spent two years based in Edmonton, and led the first Canadian soldiers deployed to Kandahar.

From 2007 to 2010, Stogran served as Canada's first veteran's ombudsman a position he says he lost after speaking critically about the federal government’s treatment of veterans.

Click below to listen to Stogran’s full interview with CBC’s John Archer.


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