Walking humbly beside Veterans of the Dieppe Raid

Ottawa - September 18, 2012

I have recently come back from an awesome journey where I walked humbly side by side with some of our Veterans in their nineties, as they returned to the beaches and cliffs of Dieppe, France. It was an emotional experience that defies description, and a powerful reminder that if not for the dedicated Canadians who served in uniform at that time — both those who have passed away and those who are still with us — we might not be free today to do the things we have come to appreciate and expect.  For me, it was the final link in the One Veteran concept. I have now seen the wide spectrum of our Veterans engagement and firmly reaffirm our position that “Veterans with similar service-related illness or injuries should have access to the same benefits, regardless of their service, and where and when they served”.

Veterans Affairs Canada is to be commended for its efforts to encourage Canadians to remember with dignity and respect those who made the ultimate sacrifice on the shores of Dieppe and to celebrate the heroic contributions of the close to 5,000 Canadians who participated in the Raid.

With the average age of our Second World War Veterans being 87, I believe we have reached a moment in time where presumptive judgement and compassion must be used to a greater extent when it comes to meeting the needs of these Veterans.

Summer is practically over, and with vivid memories of my recent experience, I will be starting a new outreach campaign this week in the Toronto area, where I look forward to meeting with Veterans and serving members of the Canadian Forces and the RCMP, Veterans organizations, service providers, and employees of Veterans Affairs Canada.

I will be hosting public town halls in Toronto (September 19), Barrie (September 21) and Guelph (September 23).  More information on the times and locations can be found on our Web site: http://www.ombudsman-veterans.gc.ca/outreach-sensibilisation/calendar-calendrier-eng.cfm.

I hope to see you there!

Guy

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Jacques said:

Depuis son annonce du 29 mai 2012, le ministre Blaney et son ministère gardent le silence radio. Aucune information officielle disponible sur le site web d'ACC, les agents d’information et gestionnaires de cas du ministère n’on aucune idée de ce qui se passe dans ce dossier. Bien que vous ayez exhorté le ministre à emmètre de l’info dès que possible et aussi souvent que possible votre demande est resté lettre morte. La torture n’est pas de ne pas avoir notre argent mais de ne pas savoir QUAND, COMBIEN, RÉTRO À QUAND ETC. Pourtant nous sommes nombreux à attendre de l’information, nous les clients d’ACC, j’en ai pour preuve les blogues de vétérans. Je ne comprends pas pourquoi on nous maintient dans le noir comme des champignons. Cela ne favorise en rien la gestion du stress, de l’anxiété et de la santé mentale. Pourriez-vous vérifier ce qui se passe ou ne se passe pas dans ce dossier, même un SITREP minimal serait le bienvenue. Jacques St-Amand

September 24, 2012 4:30 PM

Scott said:

Mr. Ombudsman would you kindly check the following information and let our suffering Veterans have a great weekend knowing that partial justice has been served. The comment reads as follows: Finally confirmation for my friend KEVIN: Kevin you can put away the Kraft Dinner and stop fighting with the dog for scraps...It is confirmed that Effective Oct. 1st. 2012 the Earnings Loss Program for Members in ReHab will stop the offset of your disability Pension. For further confirmation you can call the Center at 1-866-522-2122. You will see the difference in your ELB on Oct. 30th 2012. However it has not been decided as of today how far back if any will the retroactivity go? I would suggest that you get out the old comp. and let your MP know that all funds should be returned to Veterams not just up to the date of the court decision. Basically what they are saying is lets wait and see what the results are of the SISIP retroactivity before the Minister grows balls and makes a decision that benefits all Veterans. Now is the time to get of your ass and write the Minister (Bang Bang Blaney) and tell him you want all the money that was offset against the Earnings Loss under the guise that your benefit was an Income. Good Luck Everyone and lets take our money back. Murray Scott

September 21, 2012 8:24 PM

Office of the Veterans Ombudsman

We will inquire and get back to you.

September 24, 2012 11:52 AM

Scott said:

Mr. Ombudsman would you kindly check the following information and let our suffering Veterans have a great weekend knowing that partial justice has been served. The comment reads as follows: Finally confirmation for my friend KEVIN: Kevin you can put away the Kraft Dinner and stop fighting with the dog for scraps...It is confirmed that Effective Oct. 1st. 2012 the Earnings Loss Program for Members in ReHab will stop the offset of your disability Pension. For further confirmation you can call the Center at 1-866-522-2122. You will see the difference in your ELB on Oct. 30th 2012. However it has not been decided as of today how far back if any will the retroactivity go? I would suggest that you get out the old comp. and let your MP know that all funds should be returned to Veterams not just up to the date of the court decision. Basically what they are saying is lets wait and see what the results are of the SISIP retroactivity before the Minister grows balls and makes a decision that benefits all Veterans. Now is the time to get of your ass and write the Minister (Bang Bang Blaney) and tell him you want all the money that was offset against the Earnings Loss under the guise that your benefit was an Income. Good Luck Everyone and lets take our money back. Murray Scott

September 21, 2012 5:15 PM