In 2011, it is important to consider who are Canada's veterans:
In Canada, a veteran is anyone who served in uniform in Canada’s military. Of the remaining 170,000 Second World War veterans, about 1,700 are passing away each month. This is the fact the minister and the bureaucracy want Canadians to hear — it justifies their planned cuts to Veterans Affairs Canada, mandated to care for veterans and their families.
There also are more than 680,000 veteran and current members of the Canadian Forces who never served in the Second World War, almost 10 per cent of whom are disabled. Veterans Affairs is also mandated to care for families. With more than 7,500 new CF members last year and almost 5,300 others becoming veterans, when their families are taken into account, these numbers balance out the loss of our Second World War veterans. At current rates, in approximately six years time, the number of veterans and families will be growing at least 15,000 but maybe as high 20,000 annually.
[Excerpt from Some ‘facts’ about Canada’s Veterans By: Sean Bruyea- Winnipeg Free Press]
The SISIP claw back had a real impact on the quality of life for Canada's disabled veterans and their families. The Government's claw back led to bankruptcies, foreclosures, and feelings of abandonment for our disabled veterans. In 2012, the Federal Court of Canada ruled that the Government of Canada acted illegally in making deductions from veterans' long term disability benefits.
Read their stories below and please submit your own.
Garry 's story:
"l am Garry Martin n.a.v.a. ( national aboriginal veterans assocaition ),royal canadian Legion,metis veterans, l am 56 year old,l have wife,five childrens..l am congenital Ht,Dis, surg/82.septal defect/82 1/2 deaf and heart problem. l try looking for Job 20 year in b.c. and we need new housing my family, l pay rent house 20 year too much high rent house. l need Job in b.c. and what l do get new hou…" [Read More
Andre 's story:
"j ai fait 22ans comme fantassin j ai passez 6 ans au 1cdo apres avoir paralyser et ete operer j ai continuer a faire ma job comme patroulleur au ranch controlj ai ete recommander pour une extension de 3ans mais ottawa ma refuser parce que javais des restrictions medicals aussitot que j ai recu une pension des ancien combattant sisip ma couper je recoit absolument rien des autres et en plus il me r…" [Read More
Hans 's story:
" I would also like to add to my previous story, that after having been medically released before age 55, I did not receive any unemployment benefits after having paid into it for over 36 years."
Hans 's story:
"Was medically released after 28.6 years service and received zero from SISIP. Like all insurance companies, they talk a good story but deliver nothing on their promises. I was told by the SISIP representative, because I am receiving monies from the DVA that I do not qualify for any of their benefits. We in the Armed forces do not receive much of a pension to survive unless you are high up in rank…" [Read More
Tommy 's story:
"Hi, my name is Tommy Anderson. I was a member of the 3PPCLI . I did two tours over in Croatia: OP Harmony. I drove over a landmine and as a result , I lost both of my lower limbs, severe lacerations to my left eye which I later had to get a corneal transplant.Because of my injuries I got a medical release from the military. I was getting LTD, but SISIP cut off my LTD altogether.SISIP said to me i…" [Read More