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.
"The SISIP claw back had a huge impact on our lives. For a few years it was hard to keep the lights on and a roof over our heads. On a related topic, I am now being nickel-dimed to death by CanVet: textbooks, expenses, etc. "
Farron 's story:
"I have been recieving sisip benefits since april 2003, i really do wish the government would do something about the clawbacks soon, i could use the back payments, it would make my quality of life a whole lot better, "
"In 2009 I took a layoff from my job. I started to receive EI benefits but got sick in July 2009. I then applied for sick benefits through EI but my benefits went from 54 weeks to 27 weeks. I still think the sick guy needs the benefits longer than the healthy guy - but apparently not. I applied for CPP Disability and then found out that the Gov't would clawback $560/month off my pension, so I cance…" [Read More
"I was medically released from the CF in 2006, since then I have had major medical problems which have resulted in several oeprations. Once I was granted a diasbility pension from the federal government I received anote from SISIP asking for my "over payment" to be sent to them. As it would have been impossible to send the refund in its entirity I have continued to pay it off every month. Since my …" [Read More
"I was released from the Forces back in 2000 with 20yrs of loyal and dedicated service. An injury on board of our Canadian Warship end my career. I have tried to get Veteran's Affairs support and was denied 5 times. I know depends on SISIP and my pension to get through everyday living. The deductions is unfair and hop it gets resolved soon. "