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.
"Not only are they deducting our pension from our disability benefits they recently deducted the education amount that VAC allowed my daughter for school. this was deducted from my SISIP benefits also. THIS IS NOT FAIR. JUST NOT RIGHT."
"I served for 14 years and after injuring my back I was medically released and over 10 years with SISIP they have clawed back around $80,000. I HATE talking about how much they have taken over the years, but the last straw came, when after fight with DVA for seven years I finally got my retroactive payment a was so happy for about 5 days until a SISIP phoned and demanded it all. It hurt me so much…" [Read More
"Yes, this claw back business is a sham, as the Veterans Pension is an award not an income. Just another way the government screws the Veteran again. Like the soldiers have not been screwed over enough as it is. Instead of fighting the lawsuit it would cost less in the long run if settled now!!!!
"I was released volunatry in 1989 with hearing problems. I supposed to recieve a SISIP brief, the guy never showed. I was released without knowing my benefits, when I found out I was entitled, it was 6 years later and the agent told me it was to late to apply."
"Expulser des forces Canadienne en 2002 après plus de 18 ans de bon et loyaux service opérations 2 épaules une épaule gauche et 6 ou 7 épaule droite problème au cou donc mobilité très restreint pour ces problèmes lombalgie arthrose dans toute ces blessures donc j ai reçue 0$ de notre supposé assurance retour à l école très difficile difficulté de concentration sommeil non récupér…" [Read More