Okay folks, we have seven minutes left. I want to propose one final point of discussion.
Question 33: What do you think about the new training mission? What are its strengths, weaknesses and most importantly, how will we know if it is a success?
32: To be clear in my opinion we can do better. We have those that have had their flesh torn from them and those that have had their sould torn from them And some both. The medical care the CF offer is first class withiout a doubt. I cannot speak for other CF members however there is a great deal of angst re the lump sum vs the monthly pension. In my opinion it is quite simply a matter of security and dignity. By this I mean under the old VAC charter for example a 10% disability would net a vet $300.00 give or take a month. This included a COLA and a survivors benefit of 50%. Today's new charter gives $28500.00 give or take. do the math after x8 years one has maxed out on the lump sum. VAC says the charter is a living doc this matter needs to be revisited. while a lump sum works for a 90 year old vet it is flawed for a 20 year old vet. In my opinion all todays vet is looking for is the same security and dignity that those that went before us got. nothing more nothing less. Again I can only speak for myself.
33. Strength: it will have the support of the Cdn people and as such will allow us to continue to contribute to a mission that serves both our interests and our values. Weakness: The casualites will continue and this willraise the ire of the Cdn public - they will believe that they have been somehow duped. Measure of success: there will be no tangible measure of the success of our contribution at either the strategic or operational level. At the tactical or individual level, some lives will be saved and some operations will be successful that otherwise would not have been.
Wayne: Couldn't agree more! Dignity is crucial.
32: Trust me when you are injured be it physical or mental it is all you have left. Wayne
Alright it is 9:30 p.m., so that wraps it up for our liveblog.
A big thank you to all our panelists and to the audience for an interesting conversation.
Excellent-great interacting with everybody!
Rebecca Thank You and thanks to everyone Wayne
Thank you everyone for the great discussion, thank Rebecca for moderating!
Thank you all for an entertaining and thought-provoking evening.