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.

claude 's story:

"i was released from the military april 2003 and since then sisip has clawed back my veterans pension ever since you can research this on"

Gary Insley's story:

"I agree that the VAC Earnings Loss Benefit needs to be included in this action. While going through my medical release (over 3 years to be finalized) I transferred over to Class A reserves. Little did I know just how bad that decision was until I was placed in the rehab program and "offered" the wage loss benefit. It seems that, regardless of the fact that I am no longer able to work at all due to…" [Read More]

Marc's story:

Avec ce claw back j ai du faire faillite, sa fait 17
Ans qu il me vole. Je leur ai donner ma vie
Et ma santer je leur demande juste de me redonner ma fierter et d etre equitable enver nous tous qu il nous donne ce qu il nous doive,
Et il entendrons plus parler de nous.c est le ten de voire si les conservateurs vont nous aider ou nous trainer en cour comme des vulguere bon rien...
Je…" [Read More]

Albert 's story:

"Released Dec, 17, 2007, medical reasons. PTSD and was later declared INVALID. I received a phone call from a Mrs. Mousson (Moonson) and she told me over the phone that I had nothing to do, that my Long Term Diseability would be paid. Later on the same week, I received a letter fom her confirming what she already told me. But I've never received a penny. After numerous phone calls, (I got the Merry…" [Read More]

Tomplins's story:

"I was pushed into signing papers that i did not want to sign buy the SISIP Field Rep, which alows them acces to your VAC files etc, i feel they have no right to know what illlnes I have or anything that i deal with VA for. I was forced to sign papes with them saying you will receive nothing from us unless you do sign, so i did .
Take it from there (75% on nothing) They are crap "
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