Half of Canada’s wounded soldiers not being compensated

by: Obert Madondo  | Published Sun, Aug 24, 2014

Veterans Affairs Canada Compensation Chart. (Photo: Veterans Affairs Canada/Flickr)

Veterans Affairs Canada Compensation Chart. (Photo: Veterans Affairs Canada/Flickr)

A new report released Tuesday by Canada’s Veterans watchdog reveals that the Conservatives have been lying to Canadians about their commitment to taking care of veterans.

Veterans ombudsman, Guy Parent introduced his report with a blog post titled “Myth Busting Veterans Access to New Veterans Charter Lifetime Monthly Benefits.” The post began with:

“Many severely disabled Veterans cannot access lifetime monthly allowances designed to compensate for their loss of earning capacity.”

Q: True or False?

A: True

Parent went on to state his case. Turns out almost 50 per cent of Canada’s “most severely disabled ex-soldiers are not receiving a government allowance intended to compensate them for their physical and mental wounds.

Parent’s report shatters the myths Conservatives have been spreading all along. The Harper Conservatives do not care about Canada’s veterans.

Earlier this year, Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino told the House of Commons veterans committee: “In some cases, a veteran can receive over $10,000 a month in financial compensation. This is in addition to two major tax-free award payments totalling in excess of up to a half-million dollars.”

On the eve of celebrations commemorating Canada’s contributions to World War 1 and National Peacekeepers Day, Fantino released a chart claiming that the benefits ranged from $6,743 per month to $10,260 per month. The chart was posted on the Veterans Affairs’ Facebook Page and Twitter account.

The tweet:

In his blog post, Parent explained:

Almost 50 percent of Veterans, who Veterans Affairs Canada determines to be totally and permanently incapacitated, are not receiving the Permanent Impairment Allowance (PIA) and/or the Permanent Impairment Allowance Supplement (PIAS). The reasons for this situation are not entirely clear because Veterans Affairs Canada does not track why totally and permanently incapacitated Veterans are not receiving the benefits. Approximately 100 of these Veterans are in receipt of the Exceptional Incapacity Allowance (EIA) provided under the Pension Act and, therefore, are not eligible for the PIA and the PIAS. However, we also know that some Veterans may not be eligible for these benefits because their conditions do not satisfy the current definition of permanent and severe impairment.

Of the Veterans who are receiving the Permanent Impairment Allowance (PIA), 90 percent are awarded the lowest grade level, even though they may suffer from a permanent and severe impairment that has a profound impact on their employment and career progression opportunities. A recent chart published by Veterans Affairs Canada showing a comparison of supports available to seriously injured Veterans seems to indicate that all seriously injured Veterans could receive this benefit and at the highest rate. However, the statistics demonstrate that in reality this is not happening.

So, it is fair to say that many severely disabled Veterans cannot access lifetime monthly allowances designed to compensate for their loss of earning capacity.

Fantino and the Conservatives must be reminded that they have an obligation to improve Canadian veterans’ access to the compensation they have already earned by fighting for our rights and freedoms.

As the ombudsman put it: “These Veterans deserve no less.”

Obert Madondo is an Ottawa-based progressive blogger, and the founder and editor of The Canadian Progressive. Follow him on Twitter.com/Obiemad

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  • “An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” (Martin Luther King Jr.)

    Now that successive Canadian governments (i.e., “elected MPs”) have shown themselves incapable of following their own rules & regulations (i.e., laws & orders) by ignoring successive rulings of the Fed. Ct. over the past 18+ years [refer to “Jurisprudence” listed below] (i.e., extended to 100+ years), how should we remove these outlaws and attempt to establish some type of law & order for all Canadians in the next Federal election?

    As several similar ‘back-stabbing’ actions have been previously noted with governments and/or their MPs, ignoring their legislated obligations and/or ‘promises’ to the men and women who have served this country (with the ‘laying down’ of their lives, in some cases) what further proof is required to identify how these same governments (and/or their composite MPs) continue to ignore their legislated obligations to all Canadian citizens/tax-payers?

    Given that (federal) elections are approaching, what would you suggest be added to this onslaught of MP dis-honesty to obtain some reasonable result?

    Brian
    58 Lynnridge Villas SE

    homepage:

    1) https://sites.google.com/site/bcbrad3evennow/how-much-do-we-really-pay

    2) http://bcbradl5y.wix.com/canadian-veterans-justices

    After more than 18 years of witnessing the moronic migration from ruthless denials to blatant lies (see above-listed URL), how can any rational and sane citizen not both deny and remove their support from this Canadian government?

    Given the hundreds and thousands of above-referenced contradictions between government promises and the unscrupulous manner in which the government has treated veterans (of the CF and Mounted Police) over the past 90+ years, what unscrupulous contradictions exist between the governments’ promises and the manner in which they treat all Canadian citizens?

    Jurisprudence:

    T-157-98, Bradley v. Canada (Attorney General), 1999 CanLII 7476 (F.C.) or http://www.canlii.org/en/ca/fct/doc/1999/1999canlii7476/1999canlii7476.html;

    T-2137-99, Bradley v. Canada (Attorney General), 2001 FCT 793 or http://www.canlii.org/en/ca/fct/doc/2001/2001fct793/2001fct793.html;

    T-2137-99, Bradley v. Canada (Attorney General), 2003 FCT 12 (CanLII) or http://www.canlii.org/en/ca/fct/doc/2003/2003fct12/2003fct12.html;

    T-401-05, Bradley v. Canada (Attorney General), 2005 FC 1470 or http://www.canlii.org/en/ca/fct/doc/2005/2005fc1470/2005fc1470.html; and

    T-617-09, Bradley v. Canada (Attorney General), 2011 FC 309 or http://www.canlii.org/en/ca/fct/doc/2011/2011fc309/2011fc309.html%5D.

  • I hope and pray they do get the help ASAP.

    • In the summer of 2014, vets protested on Parliament Hill against what they called “Canada’s abandonment of her veterans” under the Harper government. It doesn’t have to be that way. Hopefully, the new minister, Erin O’Toole, a former member of the Royal Canadian Air Force, will treatment them more humanely.

    • Delusions of grandeur. The new minister will do exactly as the PMO tells him, or he too will be rolled under the bus. Gettin’ awfully crowded under there, yes?

    • Well let’s do what we have to too wake people up again because it’s getting lonely just pretend nothing happening.

    • I’m going to start sharing some of these posts ok?? Because I believe all veterans should be treated with respect in this country?