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View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
I see. That makes my question completely irrelevant.
I'll move on.
My next question is for the representatives of the Public Service Commission. Legislation favoured the hiring of veterans. In the last year, I was the official opposition critic for veterans. I'm not anymore—I have another responsibility—but I found that hiring veterans wasn't a significant success. Do you know why this is exactly? Why are we not seeing the effects of this legislation?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
It's a great honour to be here today.
Good afternoon, everyone.
Brigadier-General, my first question is for you. I imagine that the Canadian Forces Health Services group includes psychologists and psychiatrists. Is that the case?
Yes, great.
The officers under your command who are psychologists and psychiatrists provide diagnoses, meet soldiers and produce reports, which are confidential, of course. As commander, do you receive statistical reports? For instance, a report said that 31% of members who came last year had post-traumatic stress disorder or that 15% of members were depressed. Do you receive statistical reports from the medical staff under your command?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
On page 2, for example, you talk about the neuropsychiatric effects of mefloquine, and you say that those are rare. What numbers does the word “rare” correspond to? Would it be possible for us to know the statistics?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
So that's where the word “rare” comes from, one out of 11,000.
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Okay.
Last week I wasn't here, but I know that there were veterans who came here to talk about the mefloquine effects on their own lives. I also know that one of them said, at least to me, that he basically made a connection between the use of mefloquine and the criminal behaviour that was perpetrated by some of our military in Somalia.
Have your officers heard these kinds of connection stories often? Is this something that goes around in the circle of your commanding group?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Thank you very much, Brigadier General.
Mr. Stewart, Madame Raymond, do you have any information that mefloquine has been related to any acts of physical violence?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Vice-Chair.
Mr. Walbourne and Ms. Hynes, it's very good to see you here.
I would like to start with the joint personnel support unit. This is directly in your branch, as the ombudsman of DND.
Am I wrong or right that there are two end results possible with JPSU? You either rehabilitate through the services or you get out of the army. My understanding is that we keep it as an unknown end, for the most part. It's not clear from the beginning. But should there be a diagnosis right at the beginning that this member will most probably never come back and thus we should engage right away in filling in the forms and getting ready for the release? That way, as soon as the two years end, the benefits would start coming in and the services would start right away.
I might be wrong, but it seems to me like there's an unknown waiting time.
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Okay. Did you ever hear any comments on the VAC and the DND staff? Do they work closely together? How is the relationship? Do you have anything to say about that in the JPSU?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Do you think the JPSU should not be on the base? As Madam Lockhart said, it was a problem for many in the military to go to the base.
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
What's the percentage of army recruits in a year who will eventually be medically released? Do you have any numbers on that?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
I'm not sure if it's part of your mandate, but do you believe we should invest more in service delivery or in benefits? The $3.7-billion retroactive for disability awards could have been used for service delivery, processing or enhancing that service delivery window. What's your opinion?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
I've read your brief many times, and you talked to me about it a little, but I still have a hard time understanding why the medical corps has an ethical problem with putting on paper that the injuries are related to the service.
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