Monthly Archives: January 2018

Even one is too many | Bell Let’s Talk Day

From the Legion Magazine.


Bell Let’s Talk Day
Even one is too many

Even one is too many

Story by Legion Magazine

The Canadian Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Canada announced their joint suicide-prevention strategy in October. It is “an approach we have not seen before,” said Minister of Veterans Affairs
Seamus O’Regan. The strategy is an effort to co-ordinate some 160 programs and services in both departments that are targeted at reducing suicide among serving members and veterans.

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Sorting out the moral injuries

Sorting out the moral injuries

Story by Sharon Adams

The realization is growing that the reason some military members and veterans do not benefit from post-traumatic stress disorder treatments is that their symptoms are not caused by, or not solely caused by, PTSD. There is an overlap of symptoms of PTSD, concussion and traumatic brain injury, mefloquine toxicity and major depressive disorder. Now research has added moral injury to the list.

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Always Serving

Always serving

Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne

A spirit of unconquered fortitude infused the Invictus Games, where the medal count was less important than the head count. And while competition among the Games’ wounded, sick and injured warriors was fierce and the fans—a disproportionate number of them families and friends—were fervent, camaraderie and universal support were the order of the day.

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Researching mental illness and addictions

Researching mental illness and addictions

Story by Legion command service officers

The Royal Canadian Legion has been advocating for and supporting veterans and their families since 1926. High on the list of challenges facing veterans are mental illness and addiction­—which are closely linked. A prime example is the Legion’s Operational Stress Injury (OSI) Special Section launched in 2017. It is a member-driven, peer-support network that offers help to veterans living with OSIs. The network also helps organize mental-health first aid courses across the country.

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Support is available for the half million or more veterans who are not currently VAC clients. All veterans, not just clients, can call VAC’s 24-hour helpline—800-268-7708 (or 800-567-5803 for the hearing impaired)—to be connected to a nearby mental-health professional. Any veteran can receive up to 20 free counselling sessions. And a $4-million Veterans Emergency Fund, announced in 2017 and to be implemented after April 1, 2018, will make short-term financial assistance available to veterans and their families quickly and efficiently in times of urgent or unexpected need, while other longer-term support arrangements are being made.

CAN Colloquium Jan 31 & Upcoming Events

From one of our fellow Bay area Canadian organizations.


Canadian Studies Upcoming Events
Next Colloquium January 31
Prof. Cheryl Suzack
The next Canadian Studies Colloquium will be on Wednesday, January 31 at 12:00 Noon in 223 Moses Hall.
Professor Cheryl Suzack of the University of Toronto will speak on Indigenous Rights, Gender Violence, and American Outrage.
Buffet lunch served at 12 noon, followed by talk beginning at 12:10. NOTE: Spring 2018 Colloquium events will start promptly at 12:10 and conclude at 1:30.
Professor Suzack’s talk is co-sponsored by the Ethnic Studies Department. Lunch sponsored by our friends at the Consulate General of Canada in San Francisco.
Colloquium events are free, and open to everyone. No ticket or RSVP is required.
Canadian Studies Colloquium
12 noonWednesday January 31, 223 Moses Hall, UC Berkeley
Panel Discussion
North American Futures: NAFTA in the Balance
Join Canadian Studies and the Institute of Governmental Studies for an expert panel discussion on the future of NAFTA.
Participants will include:
Moderator:
Consul General Rana Sarkar
Consulate General of Canada in San Francisco
Speakers:
Maria Echaveste, JD
Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy | UC Berkeley School of Law
Christopher Sands, PhD
Center for Canadian Studies | Johns Hopkins University
Jeremy Kinsman
Diplomacy Scholar & Former Canadian Ambassador
Tuesday February 13, 2018 4:00 PM, 109 Moses Hall (Institute of Governmental Studies Library).
Reception to follow.
The panel will explore this topic:
What is the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement? With changes to NAFTA on the horizon and negotiators gathering for a new round of NAFTA talks, this panel of experts examines the economic, political, and diplomatic aspects of NAFTA’s past, present, and future.
This event is free, but an RSVP is requested. Please RSVP via eventbrite at
North American Futures: NAFTA in the Balance
4 PMTuesday February 13, IGS Library — 109 Moses Hall, UC Berkeley
Spring 2018
Colloquium Series
Free | Open to Everyone
223 Moses Hall
Wednesday January 31, 12:00 Noon
Indigenous Rights, Gender Violence, and American Outrage
Prof. Cheryl Suzack (English & Indigenous Studies, University of Toronto)
Co-Sponsored by Ethnic Studies
Wednesday February 28, 12:00 Noon
How Exceptional is Judicial Review in Canada? Past, Present and Future
Prof. Han Ru Zhou (Law, University of Montreal)
Co-Sponsored by Center for the Study of Law & Society
Wednesday March 7, 12:00 Noon
On a Lesser Known Montreality: French Among the City’s Haitian Youth
Prof. Luc Baronian (Linguistique & Langues Modernes, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi)
Wednesday March 21, 12:00 Noon
Game Changers: Economics, Politics, and the Transformation of the Canadian Spectator Sport Business
Prof. Neil Longley (Economics & Management, University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
Friday April 27, 5:00 PM
The Influence of Immigration on Tourism – The Case of Canada
Prof. Frederic Dimanche (Hospitality and Tourism Management, Ryerson University)
Co-Sponsored by the Tourism Studies Working Group
Colloquium events are free, and open to everyone. No ticket or RSVP is required.
The Canadian Studies Colloquium Series is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Consulate General of Canada San Francisco | Silicon Valley
Canadian Studies Program
213 Moses Hall #2308 WEBSITE | EMAIL

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Canada’s Victoria Cross has yet to be awarded

From the Legion Magazine.


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Canada’s Victoria Cross has yet to be awarded

Canada’s Victoria Cross has yet to be awarded

Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne

The Victoria Cross is the highest recognition for military valour a soldier can receive, yet not one has been awarded since the Canadian version was created in 1993, despite a number of heroic individual actions by Canadians in Afghanistan.

Twenty members of the Canadian Armed Forces received the Star of Military Valour, the second highest Canadian award for valour, for actions during the 13-year war, all of them jaw-dropping examples of courage.

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Our man in Tehran

Our man in Tehran

Story by Sharon Adams

In nearly two and a half centuries, the United States has recognized outstanding civilian achievements with the Congressional Gold Medal. It is a rare honour; just over 150 have been awarded to groups or individuals since 1776. Of those, just 31 have been struck for non-American individuals, including one Canadian—diplomat Ken Taylor.

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Vintage War Posters
This week in history
This Week in History

January 26-31, 1945

Canadians are victorious at the Battle for the Kapelsche Veer in the Netherlands.

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CAN Upcoming Events

From one of the Bay area Canadian organizations.


Canadian Studies Announcements
Next Colloquium January 31
Prof. Cheryl Suzack
The next Canadian Studies Colloquium will be on Wednesday, January 31 at 12:00 Noon in 223 Moses Hall.
Professor Cheryl Suzack of the University of Toronto will speak on Indigenous Rights, Gender Violence, and American Outrage.
Buffet lunch served at 12 noon, followed by talk beginning at 12:10. NOTE: Spring 2018 Colloquium events will start promptly at 12:10 and conclude at 1:30.
Professor Suzack’s talk is co-sponsored by the Ethnic Studies Department. Lunch sponsored by our friends at the Consulate General of Canada in San Francisco.
Colloquium events are free, and open to everyone. No ticket or RSVP is required.
Canadian Studies Colloquium
12 noonWednesday January 31, 223 Moses Hall, UC Berkeley
Panel Discussion
North American Futures: NAFTA in the Balance
Join Canadian Studies and the Institute of Governmental Studies for an expert panel discussion on the future of NAFTA.
Participants will include:
Moderator:
Consul General Rana Sarkar
Consulate General of Canada in San Francisco
Speakers:
Prof. Maria Echaveste
Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy | UC Berkeley School of Law
Prof. Christopher Sands
Center for Canadian Studies | Johns Hopkins University
Ambassador Jeremy Kinsman (ret.)
Global Affairs Canada
Tuesday February 13, 2018 4:00 PM, 109 Moses Hall (Institute of Governmental Studies Library).
Reception to follow.
The panel will explore this topic:
What is the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement? With changes to NAFTA on the horizon and negotiators gathering for a new round of NAFTA talks, this panel of experts examines the economic, political, and diplomatic aspects of NAFTA’s past, present, and future.
This event is free, but an RSVP is required. Please RSVP via eventbrite at
North American Futures: NAFTA in the Balance
4 PMTuesday February 13, IGS Library — 109 Moses Hall, UC Berkeley
Colloque de jeunes chercheurs
American Council for Quebec Studies
Travel funding is available for Berkeley graduate students presenting at ACQS
The ACQS is thrilled to announce an Emerging Scholars Colloquium to be held in conjunction with its 2018 biennial convention.  With the participation of the Association Internationale des Etudes Québécoises (AIEQ), we plan to host a pre-convention series of panels for graduate students whose research touches on Quebec, Francophone Canada, and Franco-America.  Acceptance into this colloquium is competitive, and the scholars chosen will benefit from close connections with other graduate students as well as from mentorship from senior scholars who will be affiliated with the colloquium. The scholars chosen, whom we expect also to attend significant portions of the full ACQS convention, will receive some financial and travel support. We further will encourage the best paper(s) from the colloquium to be submitted for publication in the peer-reviewed journal Québec Studies.
To make application to this mini-colloquium:   With an abstract of +/- 250 words, go to the ACQS website ( www.acqs.org ) and follow the links to the conference pages and the Proposal submission site,  https://app.oxfordabstracts.com/stages/244/submission
Be sure to click on “Emerging Scholars Colloquium” in the subject area.  Deadline for application for the Colloquium:  March 1st, 2018.
Comparative or interdisciplinary proposals, in English or French, in social sciences as well as in humanities, are encouraged.
Application for the colloquium will also serve as application for the general conference.  In the case your proposal is not accepted for the competitive colloquium, your application will automatically be considered with the general proposals for the larger conference.  We welcome, of course, all applications from all scholars, including other graduate students, for the general conference by its deadline of April 1st, 2018.
 Travel funding is available for Berkeley graduate students presenting at ACQS
Contact ACQS for all questions regarding abstract submission.
Contact Elliott Smith elliott.smith@berkeley.edu 510-642-0531 for questions about travel funding provided by Canadian Studies for Berkeley students presenting at ACQS.
Canadian Studies Program
213 Moses Hall #2308 WEBSITE | EMAIL

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[eNewsletter #168] Volunteers Make The Patriotic Wheel Go Round

From the Wreaths Across America organization.


Volunteers Make The Patriotic Wheel Go Round

This week we recap the past weekend’s events, with volunteers ‘retiring the wreaths’ at Arlington National Cemetery and hundreds of other locations nationwide.
We have several stories about how volunteers show their patriotic support, each in their own unique way. Of course, that is how the wreath-laying tradition got started over twenty five years ago, when a Wreath-Maker from Maine gave back in the way he knew how.
And did you notice the section called “This Week We Remembered” down below? Read the names slowly.
We say their names and we remember because…
“In truth a person dies twice, once when he stops breathing, and a second time when somebody mentions his or her name for the last time. Join us in December when over one million volunteers nationwide, will say the names of a million fallen out loud, to make sure they will never be forgotten.”
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Behind the Wreaths Across America Volunteer; A Champion for Military Nurses

“I went up to that hill and looked at all of those graves of my colleagues who have gone before me.”
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Wrapping The Cleanup Weekend At ANC

Arlington National Cemetery Cleanup  Report

Arlington National Cemetery Cleanup  Report

Before more than 10,000 volunteers helped pick up 265,000 wreaths at #ArlingtonNationalCemetery this past weekend, cemetery staff were hard at work making sure the day went safely.
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News Stories For And About Our Veterans

Unaccompanied veterans given military funeral honors

Unidentified for Decades, Texas Soldier Receives Final Rites

A WWII soldier who was killed in action was finally laid to rest in Houston National Cemetery. His remains had been labeled ‘unknown’ for 67 years.
Veteran students, horses partner in care at UCD

Prescott National Cemetery Accepts Handmade Urns for Unclaimed Veteran Remains 

A labor of love from volunteers in Arizona will provide a dignified final tribute for Veterans who have no family to plan their funerals.
Why Bangor, Maine is the most patriotic town in America

WWII Pilot Who Survived POW Camp Dies at 94

While piloting B-17 bombers over Germany, he was shot down in 1945 and spent the remainder of the war in a prison camp.
With a Bond That Goes Through the Leash, Wichita Veteran Receives Free Service dog

With a Bond That Goes Through the Leash, Wichita Veteran Receives Free Service dog

Wichita veteran Travis Scott received a service dog from K9s for Warriors to help him recover from military-related traumas.
Nonprofit seeks to pair military veterans with rescued dogs

World War II Veteran Honored With Quilt of Valor Award

The award is given to select veterans across the country who have been touched by the effects of war.

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This Week We Remembered…

Each day we #SayTheirNames and #We Remember:

On January 16th, we remembered, Army Enlisted Nurse Nora Emilie Anderson who served during WWI and made the ultimate sacrifice on this day in 1919.
On January 17th, we posted about, Navy Lieutenant Charles W. Kelly who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in Vietnam on this day in 1967.
On January 18th, we honored, Army Sergeant Gordon Douglas Yntema who served during Vietnam and gave his life on this day in 1968.
On January 19th, we recognized, Army Sergeant Jon M. Schoolcraft III who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2008.
On January 20th, we gave tribute and a moment of silence for, Marine Staff Sergeant Walter F. Cohee III who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving during Operation Enduring Freedom 16 years ago today.
On January 21st, we remembered, Army Air Forces Second Lieutenant Donald E Underwoodwho made the ultimate sacrifice while serving during WWII in 1944.
And on January 22nd, we honored, Army Master Sergeant Carl F Foster who served during the Korean war and gave his life for his country on this day in 1951.
“Remember this…. In truth a person dies twice, once when he stops breathing, and a second time when somebody mentions his or her name for the last time. Join us in December when over one million volunteers nationwide, will say the names of a million fallen out loud, to make sure they will never be forgotten.”
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