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.
"My husband was a Veteran and passed away in 1976 he applied for his disabily pension and he had been approved after years of trying but sadly passed away and me his widow had 8 children with him most were grown except 3. I tried to recieve and fight for what i know he deserved but had no sucess i lived on welfare until i tried fighting for what we deserved and it took along time except i did recie…" [Read More
"I was released (3b Medical) in Dec 2004. Before release I was encouraged to apply to VA for injuries sustained during my military career (24 yrs) which I did. I was receiving a top-up from SISIP (Manulife Insurance) (approx $1300) to bring my monthly income to 75% of my post retirement monthly income. Imagine my surprise when I received a monthly allowance from VA and a backdated cheque and th…" [Read More
Kerry 's story:
"Leaving the Cdn Forces in July of 1990 I started receiving SISIP benefits after turning over ALL the Veteran Benefits that were owed to me. Later, in 1995 my Veterans benefits were reduced drastically due to an error in understanding my medical condition. Within a year I was bankrupt. Shortly after the bankruptcy I had my Veteran Benefits restored and backdated to the time they were removed. When …" [Read More
"I too was released on a medical (PTSD) and was surprised to find that they were denying my full due for serving my country. We have been called heroes but I have yet to be treated as one. or is this the way the government treats it's heroes? I feel abused and used by the very country we were to protect."
"Way to long to explain my story....just about the same amount of time Its taking Veterans Affair to settle my due....just to let you know I am on the verge of Bankruptcy and I got kicked out 2years ago....BRAVO....what next?! Suicide....Ill never give them the satisfaction!!!! "