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Family of soldier gets one cent cheque after his suicide

Defence Minister says it was "insensitive bureaucratic screwup"

Solider's family gets one cent cheque after his suicide
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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.''

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  1. Angry Bill posted on 03/05/2014 09:22 AM
    I have no words.
  2. Summers posted on 03/05/2014 11:58 AM
    This is so despicable, I've had to deal with the DVA for the past 3 years over injuries sustained from military service, it's an uphill struggle! This current government is completely detached when it comes to its responsibility of doing the right thing when assisting current and past service members either financially or emotionally. This country also has a long history of not doing the right thing for it's vets especially when they're put into harms way. It really doesn't matter which government is in power at the time as they're all guilty. What it really comes down to is the government hopes the vets die off sooner then later that way its less of a burden and no need to pay.
  3. Patricia posted on 03/05/2014 12:12 PM
    I realize this was a screw up but how extremely hurtful for the family. Someone should apologise to them in person.
  4. Will posted on 03/05/2014 12:20 PM
    Hard to believe that this could happen unless some smarta$$ in Veterans Affairs thought it would be a joke.
  5. CFunk posted on 03/05/2014 12:25 PM
    Stephen Harper probably signed it personally. What a POS
  6. Justin posted on 03/05/2014 01:42 PM
    In their defence, they are supposed to provide all outstanding pay to the estate. In this case it was just $0.01 and people think it was an outrage. However, how much worse of an outrage would there be if the back pay was hundreds or thousands of dollars and was not provided. The rules need to be applied equally, regardless of amount.
  7. Karl Burgin posted on 03/06/2014 10:29 AM
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    When words aren't sufficient to express the absolute dumbness and ineptitude....
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