Productive Meetings with Veterans Advocates

Ottawa - May 31, 2013

Photo: Charles Cue (Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Veterans Ombudsman), Guy Parent (Veterans Ombudsman), Denys Guérin (New Veterans Charter Advisor, Office of the Veterans Ombudsman), Gary Walbourne (Director General, Office of the Veteran Ombudsman), BGen (Ret.) G.E. (Joe) Sharpe (Veterans advocate), Dr. Victor Marshall (Past Chair, Gerontological Advisory Council), Major (Ret.) Bruce Henwood (Past Chair, Advisory Group on Special Needs), and Brigadier-General (Ret.) James S. Cox (Macdonald-Laurier Institute), May 22, 2013.

Photo: Charles Cue (Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Veterans Ombudsman), Guy Parent (Veterans Ombudsman), Denys Guérin (New Veterans Charter Advisor, Office of the Veterans Ombudsman), Gary Walbourne (Director General, Office of the Veteran Ombudsman), BGen (Ret.) G.E. (Joe) Sharpe (Veterans advocate), Dr. Victor Marshall (Past Chair, Gerontological Advisory Council), Major (Ret.) Bruce Henwood (Past Chair, Advisory Group on Special Needs), and BGen (Ret.) James S. Cox (Macdonald-Laurier Institute), May 22, 2013. 
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In the past three weeks, I have been busy meeting with some key advocates from within the Veterans community, including chairs of past Veterans Affairs Canada advisory committees and representatives from various organisations who show leadership, through their work, on Veterans issues. Together, we discussed the best way forward to this fall's parliamentary committee review of the New Veterans Charter.

I have great respect for these individuals' opinions, and that is why I wanted to hear their honest opinions on the preliminary results of the extensive research and consultation effort that my Office has undertaken in the past year, in preparation for the review. That is exactly what I received.

Many of their comments and suggestions will be integrated into the report and recommendations that my Office will release at the end of this summer. The report will be strengthened by their inclusion and, in turn, this will lay the groundwork for a better-informed discussion at the parliamentary committee review in October. I am hopeful that this will result in quick action to address the shortcomings in New Veterans Charter programs, benefits and services noted in Improving the New Veterans Charter: The Parliamentary Review, released by my Office in April 2013.

The men and women who serve in the Canadian Forces willingly accept the risks to health and life that are inherent to military service. If they are injured or become ill and can no longer serve in uniform, the Government of Canada has an obligation to help them rebuild their lives and restore, to the greatest extent possible, their health, financial independence, and quality of personal and family life.

This is especially true for the most disabled and financially vulnerable Veterans; we must provide them with the best support possible. It is simply not acceptable to let Veterans who are totally and permanently incapacitated live their lives in hardship.

This fall, the Government of Canada has the opportunity to address the shortcomings of New Veterans Charter programs, benefits and services provided to Canadian Forces members, Veterans, spouses and survivors. This is also a chance for the Government of Canada to demonstrate that the New Veterans Charter is indeed a "living charter", and that its improvement will remain an enduring priority.

Veterans deserve no less.

Guy

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Jason said:

I'd like the money back that the government took as part of the ELB clawback. How can some vets get their money back and not others. All because of some jibber jabber legal lingo? It gets tiresome at times to watch the country and its finances being mismanaged and then to have those same people who are mismanaging everything force responsibility upon whom they choose, when they choose. Life may not be fair most of the time. But, then there's times that it should be obvious what is fair.

July 27, 2013 1:03 PM

Andre said:

In 2012 I was encouraged by my case worker to apply for a revision of my current 15% disability of my left knee since it's not getting better on it's own. Well matters have hit an all time low, some orthopedics surgeons now consider veterans a PAPERWORK NIGHTMARE since Veterans Affairs requires them to fill endless forms in order for us to get an upgraded pension since no surgery is available to most patients until we reach our sixties under the current medical reform. Now with no documents backing our claim we get REJECTED. The only way a veteran would get most needed surgery in Canada is to win a lottery and get it done in the United States because nowadays more than before, MONEY TALKS BULLSHIT WALKS.

July 23, 2013 2:04 PM

Office of the Veterans Ombudsman

Please call the Office of the Veterans Ombudsman at 1-877-330-4343 (toll free number) to discuss your case.

July 26, 2013 4:17 PM

Anonymous said:

Bonjour, depuis le debut de la nouvelle charte en 2006, je recois un soutien de pertes de revenu et une pension. on a retenu des montants sur ma pension pour calculer mon soutien de pertes de revenu et ce depuis octobre 2006 jusqu a octobre 2012. ils ont arretes de tenir compte des pensions en octobre 2012. j aimeraais savoir si on va récupérer les retenues rétroactives de 2006 a 2012, merci. j ai téléphoné aux anciens combattants canada et ils n `ont entendu parler de rien, est-ce qu on va tomber dans l oubli??? si on se fit a sissip ca serait tout a fait logique de récupérer nos deductionss injustes nous aussi....merci.

June 14, 2013 9:58 AM

Office of the Veterans Ombudsman

As recently as last Friday, the Office has been in touch with the Department to inquire about the status of retroactive reimbursements of the Disability Pension offset to the Earnings Loss Benefit. Following the Federal Court Decision, we have consistently urged the Department to take action and promptly communicate the progress and details of this matter to Veterans and their families. To this date, we have yet to receive a positive response or indication of movement. Be assured that we are closely monitoring the issue and will continue to call for a prompt resolution. We encourage you to check back to our blog in the coming months as we will communicate the details as soon as we have them.

June 24, 2013 2:18 PM

terence graham said:

as much as i admire the work you do on behalf of veterans i was wondering why youve done next to nothing getting back the multitude of millions of dallars we veterans on elb and cfis and korean war pay that has been proven was stolen from us. is this not a priority around the table ..

June 4, 2013 3:27 PM

Office of the Veterans Ombudsman

As recently as last Friday, the Office has been in touch with the Department to inquire about the status of retroactive reimbursements of the Disability Pension offset to the Earnings Loss Benefit. Following the Federal Court Decision, we have consistently urged the Department to take action and promptly communicate the progress and details of this matter to Veterans and their families. To this date, we have yet to receive a positive response or indication of movement. Be assured that we are closely monitoring the issue and will continue to call for a prompt resolution. We encourage you to check back to our blog in the coming months as we will communicate the details as soon as we have them.

June 24, 2013 2:19 PM

pat said:

my father died in 1958,my mother never received any kind of pension,she is now in her 80's and having a hard time of it, my father served from 1939 to 1945 what's with that?

May 31, 2013 8:36 PM

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Please call the Office of the Veterans Ombudsman at 1-877-330-4343 (toll free number) to discuss your case.

 

June 14, 2013 9:56 AM