Hol­mans says con­victed mur­derer should get treat­ment – but through proper chan­nels

Truro Daily News - - Colchester County -

Budd Hol­mans wants Christo­pher Garnier to re­ceive treat­ment. He just doesn’t think it should come through Vet­er­ans Af­fairs, and he feels Cana­dian vet­er­ans de­serve to know which depart­ment will cover the costs.

In Septem­ber, the pub­lic learned that Garnier, con­victed of sec­ond-de­gree mur­der in the death of o -duty Truro po­lice of­fi­cer Cather­ine Camp­bell, was to have treat­ment for PTSD covered by Vet­er­ans Af­fairs, since his fa­ther is a vet­eran.

Fol­low­ing pub­lic out­cry, the depart­ment an­nounced it would no longer pay for bene ts for in­car­cer­ated rel­a­tives of vet­er­ans but would not say where this leaves Garnier’s case.

“The op­tics are ter­ri­ble, es­pe­cially in view of all the dif­fi­cul­ties vet­er­ans have had in deal­ing with gov­ern­ment,” said Hol­mans, who served 15 years in the reg­u­lar forces and about seven in the re­serves.

“ ey should just ad­mit this was a mis­take. at’s all vet­er­ans are look­ing for.

“Care should be pro­vided through the proper agency.”

He con­tends Cor­rec­tions Canada should be re­spon­si­ble for Garnier’s treat­ment.

“It’s avail­able through Cor­rec­tions, and we have vet­er­ans wait­ing up to two years for a de­ci­sion on dis­abil­ity,” he said.

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