Remembering

Deadline approaching for compensation in Valcartier Grenade Accident

On July 30th, 1974, a room filled with 137 cadet members was being informed on explosive devices when a mixed up live-grenade exploded, killing six cadets and injuring up to 65 of them. Psychological traumas were allegedly accentuated by the Forces’ handling of the situation, questioning cadets to a point some came to think they were responsible for the accident.

After years of hard fought battles, the cadets were granted financial compensation by the Federal Government two years ago. Despite reaching out to over one hundred of them, eight cadets still remain unaccounted for. They are: Yan Ross Anderson, Jean Huot, Sven Engles, Jacques Demers, Michel Parizeau, Pierre Trudel, Jean-Guy Haché and André Vaillancourt. Most of them were aged 14-15 when the accident happened, making them 58-60 years-old today.

Gerry Fostaty was Sergeant of 10 Platoon, D Company at the time of the tragedy. He wrote the book “As you were: The tragedy of Valcartier” and fought long and hard during nine years to have the government acknowledge the accident and grant the cadets compensations that were provided to military members’ staff at the time.

“We are using every tool at our disposition to reach out to all cadets present that day. Networking, Social Media, standard media; every means possible for theses cadets and their families to get the compensations they should have been granted almost 44 years ago,” he says.

Company D’s former Sergeant major, Charles Gutta, adds, “We are working really hard at finding those men. I’m expecting some positive development by next week. We may have only five left to locate.”

Each cadet present in the room at the time of the accidental explosion is eligible for $42,000 with an additional financial award going up to $310,000 for seriously injured individuals. It is also possible for families of deceased cadets to claim the financial compensation for an amount going up to $58,000. In addition to this, all cadets will see their related health-care costs – non-covered by their respective provincial systems – covered in their entirety, for life, by the Canadian Armed Forces.

If you know any of the cadets present that day, you may ask them to dial 1-844-800-8566 or email 1974@forces.gc.ca to claim their must deserved compensation. They have one year left (March 2019) to follow thru the protocol set in place.

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Genevieve Trudeau Senecal

Genevieve Trudeau Senecal is a military wife, mother of two beautiful little boys and active member of the military family community in Valcartier, Quebec. Genevieve has a Bachelor in Journalism from Concordia University (Montreal) and has studied at the Danish School of Media and Journalism. She has worked several years as a journalist in sports car racing (Montreal) and as a radio host & journalist (near Bagotville) before marrying into the military in 2013. She is now a stay-at-home-mom and volunteers many hours weekly at the Valcartier Family Centre. Geneviève Trudeau Senécal est une femme de militaire, maman de deux merveilleux petit garçons et membre active de la communauté militaire de la base militaire de Valcartier, Québec. Geneviève est détentrice d'un baccalauréat en journalisme de l'Université Concordia (Montréal) et a étudier à l'école des médias et du journalisme du Danemark (DSMJ). Elle a travaillé plusieurs années comme journaliste en sports automobiles (Montréal) ainsi que comme animatrice et journaliste radio (près de Bagotville) avant de se marier en 2013. Elle est maintenant maman à la maison et bénévole active du Centre de la famille de Valcartier.

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