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Post by Zodiac on Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:05 pm

'Good Lord, what a insensitive and inaccurate thing to say,' says veteran

Murray Brewster · CBC News · Posted: Dec 10, 2018

Seamus O'Regan draws scorn for comparing his career arc to veterans' struggles Commons-20181123

When Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O'Regan left journalism, it was, he said, "a shock to his system" — a painful time in his life.

And that — he told a roomful of soldiers and civil servants Monday — has given him insight into how members of the Canadian military feel as they take off their uniforms for the last time.

O'Regan's personal recollection featured prominently Monday as his department and National Defence publicly announced another overhaul of the system that is supposed to guide retiring soldiers, sailors and aircrew back into the civilian world.

But his efforts to compare his own career arc to the problems facing many ex-military members struck a sour note with his intended audience.

"Good Lord, what a insensitive and inaccurate thing to say," said Barry Westholm, a former master warrant officer and sergeant-major for the Joint Personnel Support Unit (JPSU) in Eastern Ontario. He resigned from the military to protest the deterioration of the unit that was supposed to help guide injured soldiers back to their jobs or out of the military.

"It shows me he has no concept of what he is dealing with."

The federal government — under both the Liberals and Conservatives — has struggled to find a way to make that transition smoother, less painful and confusing.


Details scarce

There have been multiple studies and recommendations on how to make it better, notably from the former military ombudsman Gary Walbourne.

What O'Regan, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Jonathan Vance announced Monday was a new transition system. They rolled out a series of online and training initiatives, but set aside the details of the new, more integrated and personalized system to further tinkering through a pilot program.

O'Regan told an audience of troops and civil servants assembled for the announcement that he can relate to the pain and confusion soldiers sometimes feel upon leaving the military because of his own emotions as he left an "extremely structured" job in TV journalism.

"As many of you know, I had very difficult transition leaving journalism, but more importantly, leaving what I had for 15 years in a broadcast medium that was extremely structured," he told an assembled audience of troops and civil servants.

It was a world where he "didn't have to worry about a thing, except maybe waking up for my shift, which was very early. I didn't have to worry about a whole heck of a lot."

O'Regan spent over 10 years as host of CTV's Canada AM and went on to do special correspondent assignments for the network before moving into radio and independent production in 2012.

"And when I left, it was a shock to my system," O'Regan said, citing his battles with alcoholism. "I suffered with addiction. I suffered with depression. I did not transition well, and I felt I'd lost purpose in my life."

He entered rehab in January 2016 and said the experience has taught him a lot.


"I know enough about the military that I would never, ever say that I have, you know, an idea of what it's like to go through a transition [from] serving to becoming a veteran," O'Regan said. "But I got a peek into that window,"

Ever since Canada's Afghan war mission ended, more and more experts have linked rough transitions to civilian life with a spike in homelessness and even suicide among former soldiers.

Westholm said that, even with the minister's qualification, he never thought he'd hear such a comparison.

Conservative MP and former veterans minister Erin O'Toole called O'Regan's comments "very inappropriate" and added that it's not the first time he's heard them from the minister.

"I'm upset by it," said O'Toole, a former air force officer, who said he heard a variation of the minister's story at a mental health breakfast last spring.

"It makes veterans cringe because it shows him out of connection with veterans ... In his case he wasn't in uniform, and I don't believe he should compare leaving a television with the trauma of leaving the military with an injury."

O'Regan said his brother, a serving naval officer, has repeatedly underlined the necessity of fixing a system beset by delays in delivering benefits and services, as well as duplication.

The Liberals made fixing that system a key commitment in both their election pitch to veterans and their defence policy, released 18 months ago.

"We promised that you and your families would be better supported as you navigate the intricacies of military careers and to improve support to those of you who have served as you end your military career and transition to a life after service," said Sajjan.

"And today we are delivering on those promises."


A partial fix

What the Liberals delivered on Monday, however, was a partial fix that includes a number of initiatives that put the burden on departing members to educate themselves and get ready for their new lives.

One of the biggest changes involves allowing members to take their last month on the job to prepare themselves for civilian life, rather than doing their day-to-day military work.

That prep time is crucial, given the dizzying array of paperwork and expectations. Failing to get that paperwork in on time contributes to backlogs in pension payments and benefits.

The federal government's planned major restructuring, which could include more personalized services for departing military members and personal assistance in navigating the system, will await the results of a pilot program that will take place at Camp Borden, north of Toronto.

National Defence and Veterans Affairs are working together "to ensure there are no gaps in services offered to you as you transition out of uniform into your new status as a veteran," said Sajjan.

Westholm pointed to a series of studies going back to the early 2000s, some done by the defence department itself, about the lack of transition services.

"We've had 15 years of trial and error," he said. "If they have to take five more years to institute a fully integrated approach, then they're really not serious."




Some Comments


Glenda Whitford
I personally never could understand what job specific qualifications and experiences Seamus O'Regan ever had to become Canada's Minister of Veterans Affairs.



Jerome Dun
And that — he told a roomful of soldiers and civil servants Monday — has given him insight into how members of the Canadian military feel as they take off their uniforms for the last time.

He Said this Nov 23, IT IS DEC 10, and only now being published. CBC another Creston like fail!!

If Trump said it, it would be covered for 24 hours a day for weeks on every new headline.

Heck a Trump type gets headline news. CBC and liberals FAIL!!!



Mark Gunnar
He should change his last name to O'Tool.



bill chagwich
Vets and Canadians would be happy with your resignation



Bob Gillies
Good grief....another liberal with his "sob story". There are millions of Canadians with their own "sob stories" but this particular liberal Minister claims his is so bad that it should prove sympathy and compassion? Give me a break!



Bob Gillies
The liberals are so wrapped up in their own "self importance" that they forget who they are supposed to represent. It goes right back to that "entitlement" attitude of liberals.



Steven Scott
We Canadians feel sorry for your insight, but you get no sympathy here ........



Sandra Largent
What would one expect from a vacation buddy of Trudeau. Vets don't get to vacation with the PM on an island in the middle of Winter. What was he thinking? Oh nothing as usual. So out of touch this government.



Bernie Mell
Shameful!



chris bowdler
The Mnister is a t.. t



Sandra Largent
@chris bowdler Shall I complete that word for you? WA.



Maxim Verite
If Mr. O'Regan sincerely believes that his decision to leave journalism for a career in politics equates leaving life in the service of your country in any way whatsoever, then he is even more misguided and out of touch than I would have thought possible.
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Post by Guest on Tue Dec 11, 2018 5:56 am

You have to wonder how the Minister can look veterans in the eye, and take himself seriously.

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Post by Trooper on Tue Dec 11, 2018 7:39 am

Bruce72 wrote:You have to wonder how the Minister can look veterans in the eye, and take himself seriously.

He is out of touch with reality comparing himself to Veterans.

He can look at himself thinking he is saying the right thing because he does not know any better.

The thing is Veterans can see through him, the public looks at him as a person of good character believing almost everything that comes out of his mouth.

In his own mind he believes in what he say's, he believes that the government he is representing is doing real progress towards the Veterans file.

When he compares his hardships to the hardships of soldiers, he is admitting to the world the lack of understanding he has of the Canadian Armed Forces, and the Veterans file he is in charge of today.
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Post by Ranger66 on Tue Dec 11, 2018 8:50 am

CLUELESS: O’Regan Compares Leaving
Journalism To Veterans Struggling
Leaving The Military

SPENCERFERNANDO - DECEMBER 10, 2018

Seamus O'Regan draws scorn for comparing his career arc to veterans' struggles ORegan-Veterans-1

Seamus O’Regan, Justin Trudeau’s pick for Veterans Affairs Minister, continues to show his total incompetence and unfitness for the job.

Speaking to a group of Canadian soldiers, O’Regan compared leaving journalism to the struggles faced by Veterans leaving the military:

“When Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O’Regan left journalism, it was, he said, “a shock to his system” — a painful time in his life.

And that — he told a roomful of soldiers and civil servants Monday — has given him insight into how members of the Canadian military feel as they take off their uniforms for the last time.”

His comments didn’t go over well:

“Good Lord, what a insensitive and inaccurate thing to say,” said Barry Westholm, a former master warrant officer and sergeant-major for the Joint Personnel Support Unit (JPSU) in Eastern Ontario. He resigned from the military to protest the deterioration of the unit that was supposed to help guide injured soldiers back to their jobs or out of the military. “It shows me he has no concept of what he is dealing with.”

O’Regan has been a terrible Veterans Affairs Minister from day one. He even publicly attacked a Veteran for spreading ‘false’ info, except that it turned out the Veteran was telling the truth about the Liberals betraying a campaign promise, while it was O’Regan who was being deceptive.
O’Regan should have been fired long ago, and it’s quite clear that the Veterans Affairs Minister post should only be filled by a Canadian Veteran.

Spencer Fernando


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Post by Trooper on Tue Dec 11, 2018 10:24 am

With regards to Spencer Fernando's article above last para stating " It’s quite clear that the Veterans Affairs Minister post should only be filled by a Canadian Veteran." I respectively disagree with that, and here's why. First off going back to 2006 no one can say that any Veterans Minister was OR is better than the other. They all failed. O'Tool was a Veteran, he failed. What we need is a Veterans Minister who holds the proper leadership skills to adapt quickly learning the file in detail over, and above the basics. To be capable of ordering the bureaucrats to draft implementations regardless of being told it is not recommended. All Ministers have allowed the bureaucrats to run the Veterans file. That's why each, and everyone of them have failed. Background has nothing to do with it.

As for the Ministers comments in comparing his career ending transition to military/Veterans. I'm surprise to see many fellow Veterans standing up for the Minister, downplaying the comments as simply not being inappropriate. I respectively disagree with them, and here's why. The Minister contradicts himself in his statement; "O'Regan told an audience of troops and civil servants assembled for the announcement that he can relate to the pain and confusion soldiers sometimes feel upon leaving the military because of his own emotions as he left an "extremely structured" job in TV journalism."

Then he states; "I know enough about the military that I would never, ever say that I have, you know, an idea of what it's like to go through a transition [from] serving to becoming a veteran," O'Regan said. "But I got a peek into that window."

On the one hand he say's he can relate to soldiers leaving the military because of his own emotions as he left an "extremely structured" job in TV journalism. On the other hand he goes on to say I know enough about the military that I would never, ever say that I have, you know, an idea of what it's like to go through a transition [from] serving to becoming a veteran. He is comparing his transition to those of the military which is in my view inappropriate.

I for one would never stand up for an individual who has done absolutely nothing to help disabled Veterans in this Country. These Ministers are not our friend. These Ministers have no respect for disabled Veterans. I wouldn't be caught dead agreeing to have my picture taken besides any of these Ministers.

How can anyone on the one hand advocate against the Minister only to stand with him on this particular issue?

This standing with him plays right into the hands of the Minister, and all those enemies below him!
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