Defence Minister Rob Nicholson says he wants to make sure something like this never happens again.
He has apologized to the family of 22 year-old Corporal Justin Stark, who took his own life in 2011 in an incident at an armoury in Hamilton, Ontario, after his seven-month tour of Afghanistan.
After Stark died, the federal government sent his mother a release-pay cheque for one cent.
An angry Nicholson told the Commons yesterday it was an ``insensitive bureaucratic screwup,'' adding the government thanks Stark ``for the service that he gave his country.''
The incident surfaced as N-D-P defence critic Peter Stoffer called on Ottawa to offer more help to the spouses of military personnel suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.
Stoffer says veterans' families don't ask for much, just ``to be treated with dignity.''