Veteran Stories

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.

Susan's story:

"SISIP strikes again. It's not bad enough that they have recovered all of the money that was supposed to be mine, they have now declared that my life insurance ends at age 65. I guess I'm supposed to die right before that to collect even one penny from these folks. Not right and not fair. The $10 bill features the Canadian military and states "in the service of peace" -- that sure is a bad joke."

Adele's story:


SISIP has been denying my claim for long term disability (LTD) benefits since my release from the Canadian Armed Forces in 2005. The SISIP powers-that-be stated in a letter dated 9 November 2009 that because I was 'originally' released under a non-medical category (called a 5C release), my disabilities were not …" [Read More]

Josef's story:

"I got release in 1999, for medical reasons (my lower back). I applied for LTD. And as far as I can remember I received no benefits at all. I contacted SISIP a few years back, a manager was suposed to call me, I have heard zero from them."

Paul's story:

"Here we go again. I was forced out in 99 after 25 years with a medical release. Was granted medical pension which SISIP clawed back. Was released in December and school did not start till September and they only covered for two years and I had to do my last semester on my own. During this time I lost my house, my truck and my pride. Now after working through all that, I went to work last year but …" [Read More]

Dave's story:

"I was medically retired from the combat arms in Oct 2001 after 23+ years of faithful and dedicated service to our Governments and Canada. I have read many of the stories of the ones who have been severely affected by the SISIP claw back and I have had many of the same experiences while going through the same process of receiving money from one source (DVA) only to pay back to another (SISIP) and w…" [Read More]
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