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Veterans complain government’s new ‘centre of excellence’ for PTSD prioritizes research over in-patient treatment

By Jolson Lim      

Veterans' advocates say they were shocked that the 'centre of excellence' is focused on healthcare providers given high demand for an in-patient, longterm centre for PTSD treatment.

The last Canadians involved in the NATO training mission in Afghanistan (CCTM-A) board an American Chinook helicopter on March 12, 2014. Cplc Patrick Blanchard, Canadian Forces Combat Camera
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Veterans advocates are criticizing the Trudeau government's new Centre of Excellence on post traumatic stress disorder and related mental health conditions for wrongly prioritizing researchers and doctors instead of improving in-patient treatment for Canadians dealing with the psychological pains of war. "This is a bag of money for them to do research, and that is all it is,” said Aaron Bedard, one of Canada’s most-prominent veterans’ advocates who served in Afghanistan as a military engineer.  The centre of excellence

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