The SISIP Issue
In 2012, the Federal Court ruled that for decades the Government of Canada had been unlawfully reducing disabled Canadian Forces veterans’ SISIP long term disability benefits by the amount of their disability pension.
More than 7,500 medically released disabled veterans had their long term disability income replacement payments (known as SISIP) reduced by the value of their pain and suffering disability pension.
The result of the claw back was that the most disabled veterans received very little or nothing from the SISIP plan, which they had paid into their entire career. Over the remainder of his or her lifetime, the claw back was costing the most severely disabled veteran hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The Government had taken the position that it would see our veterans in court.
On May 1st, 2012, the Federal Court of Canada ruled that the Government of Canada acted illegally in making deductions from veterans' long term disability benefits.
"Those who give public service do not so for themselves alone but for the society in which they are a part. Therefore, each citizen should share equally in the suffering which war brings to this nation."
-Major John L. Todd, creator of the Pension Act, in 1919
Canada's disabled veterans veterans counted on the voices of many supporters, including other soldiers, family members, Members of Parliament, Senators and the Canadian public.
The DND Ombudsmen, the Veterans Ombudsman, Standing Committees on Veterans Affairs, and the Senate Subcommittees on Veterans Affairs, all took the time to listen to disabled veterans and recommended that the Government end the claw back for all disabled veterans.
The purpose of the initiative LeaveNoVetBehind was to provide a website where a supporter from any walk of life, whether disabled veteran, soldier, family member, concerned citizen, political candidate, or member of parliament, could support disabled veterans by taking action or pledging their support.