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.
Roger 's story:
"Hello my name is Roger Gaudette; I served with 1CER in Kuwait in 1991. I was medevac’d out after 3 weeks because of the conditions on the ground affected me immediately, I did not sleep the whole 3 weeks except for a couple of hours. With constant coughing, migraines and shortness of breath the medical staff sent me to all the supporting countries doctors and they all had no diagnosis except to …" [Read More
David 's story:
"My family physician suspects I suffer from PTSD. I contacted VAC and asked for direction to make a claim. The first words out of the VAC rep. mouth was ... "any claim you may be awarded from the VAC may be deducted from your SISIP benefit" ... What a kick in the pants.
I am damned if I make a claim and damned if I don't.
I need medical help. But if I apply for a VAC claim (the only way I c…" [Read More
"I was released for PTSD, I was awarded a VAC. pension for years of torment. I was given the golden Boot after 30 years but I was told early in my career SISIP will be there for you when you need them. ( Wrong) shortly after receiving my first VAC award for pain and suffering I received a letter from SISIP stating I will receive nothing from them and good luck in the future. I called SISIP directly…" [Read More
"I served just shy of 27 yrs and was lucky to have enjoted three trades throughout my career. During my second tour of Bosnia I fell and fractued my T7. As per normal it was treated as a muscle spasm take some pills and back to work. Two years later after many ruck marches and BFT's and a third tour in Bosnia it was dicover I had actually had a comprehsion fracture but do to no treatment it was kn…" [Read More
Ed 's story:
"I was medically released from the CF in May 2008 and am still receiving sisip to present day. The fact that my VAC pension which is non declarable for the sake of earned income is deducted off of my disability pension which to me seems like fraud !! "