There has been progress but is it enough?

Ottawa, ON - February 27, 2017

My goal is to ensure fairness for Veterans. We make recommendations, informed by evidence, to improve the quality of life for Veterans and their families. Today I have posted a status update, on all the recommendations made by my Office since its inception. To date, we have made 57 recommendations and, of these, the Government has fully or partially implemented 37, leaving 20 still to be addressed.

The Government is making progress addressing Veterans’ issues. For example, some of the announcements in Budget 2016—increasing the Earnings Loss Benefit (ELB) to 90 percent of pre-release salary and increasing the Disability Award to $360 K—will have an impact on the lives of many Veterans and their families.

But is it enough? No, more still needs to be done.

I encourage you to look at the full status update on my recommendations.

Budget 2017 is an excellent opportunity for the Government to take additional action. Let’s keep a watchful eye on it. I know I will.

Guy

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Anonymous said:

Again, No ain't done enough, and as we want the PA to come back, people are saying, nope Not gonna happen all tax free stuff is Gone.. But wait, since they are bringing in a NEW caregivers relief benefit, that is paid directly to the caregiver of $1000 a month, how is it, that they can go, Ohh an we'll make it NON-TAXABLE yet any funds for veterans TAX ALL THAT MONEY If they can make non-taxable funds available to caregivers, they sure the hell can make it non-taxable for us Veterans.

March 23, 2017 7:23 AM

BinRat said:

As Per what 1oldsailr said.. "1oldsailr said: I have a question.Why is is that veterans who are in the same trade never seem to be treated the same? For instance, 500 hundred people who worked as a Supply Tech get pensions for their back. The military did a study and found Supply Techs end up with more back problems than other trades. Another Supply Tech who just was released on a medical for a back problem applies to D.V.A. for a pension and gets denied." Myself I am a supply tech, and as well I have back problems, and shoulder, guess when I finally get the Diagnoses of it, and apply I know I have the upmost 100% knowledge it'll be denied, why cause these problems are caused by OVERUSE, and DAMAGE OVER TIME, not from 1 concrete incident/accident whichever, they are DoT injuries.. So, No they like 1oldsailr said, they should have injuries related to trade, and if your in trade A and have injury as per the study or list, Enough said, Favorable Decision, again just how much of a disability, to be determined. Now, you actually said in your Live facebook event something about that, injuries applicable to trade.. If that does come about, and implemented, can we who have had previously denied decisions, which would now be considered a trade injury, and ran out of appeals actually get the chance to get those claims re-looked at. And considered as a trade Injury.???

March 23, 2017 7:18 AM

1oldsailr said:

I have a question.Why is is that veterans who are in the same trade never seem to be treated the same? For instance, 500 hundred people who worked as a Supply Tech get pensions for their back. The military did a study and found Supply Techs end up with more back problems than other trades. Another Supply Tech who just was released on a medical for a back problem applies to D.V.A. for a pension and gets denied. Why can't they look at the other pensions awarded and award the new one on the basis from the ones already submitted? They would only need an assessment to see what amount of disability they have. Instead, they make you jump through the hoops and if an individual doesn't know how to express his injury with a pen, he is screwed. Just saying

March 20, 2017 8:40 PM

Deadman Walking said:

Long over due ! PA needs to come back and finally fulfill that 'Sacred Obligation' once and for all ! 100 years for Vimy and 150 years for Confederation ! Best time to fullfill that promise is NOW !

March 12, 2017 6:24 PM

Deadman Walking said:

Long over due ! PA needs to come back and finally fulfill that 'Sacred Obligation' once and for all ! 100 years for Vimy and 150 years for Confederation ! Best time to fullfill that promise is NOW !

March 6, 2017 9:32 PM

john said:

I have been dealing with VAC for over a year now trying to get an assessment done, 16 weeks turned into 9 months and now that they have made me go see another doctor about my condition they are telling me it will be another 6 months. So it will be going on 15 months to finally get a decision, anyone else having these issues?

March 3, 2017 3:57 PM

Robert Simpson said:

Well the so called 90% level raise came after they dropped Veterans down to Pte (T) from CPL. That is not a pay raise. It needs to be fixed!!

March 3, 2017 2:01 PM

Anonymous said:

If the NVC are indeed better than the PA, why has there been no PA veterans requesting to be placed under the NVC, whereas every NVC vet would love to be under the PA?

March 2, 2017 10:24 AM

gordon said:

it's pretty sad that a vet has to fight and prove they were injured in service to their country ,,10,15 or 20 years or they die before getting what they are owed

March 1, 2017 4:05 PM

Anonymous said:

Absolutely not!! We have lost more soldiers to suicide post Afghanistan then we did in combat. That in itself should be your answer. Medications are no longer funded, unacceptable wait times for VA and now money being taken away! Our government leaps to aid of people affected by the outcome of war but not for our own soldiers! What a slap in the face to our honoured soldiers and to all Canadians.

March 1, 2017 2:58 PM

Injured Veteran said:

Veterans Affairs is not doing enough. Cutting the medical marijuana program that has helped so many families have a normal life by 70%. Is this the stuff your talking about? Or are you talking about the extended delays in claims? Veterans Affairs Canada has made my PTSD symptoms much worse then ever before due to their lack of care. I was medically released and waited 10 months to be approved to see a doctor for a condition I was treated for for the last 10 years of my career. Completely unacceptable! Then VAC had me arrested and locked up in prison over a phone call. That must be the great care you talk about! Stop the lies! Tell Canadians the truth about what VAC does to not help veterans including trying to put them in our penitentiary system. Does prison sound like a good treatment option for a veteran with PTSD? VAC is NOT doing enough!

March 1, 2017 9:21 AM

Anonymous said:

This government has not even come close to doing what they promised to Veterans.

February 28, 2017 8:57 PM

Anonymous said:

Hardly anything has been done. Except for getting veterans even more frustrated and distrusting your actions has much has the goverment ones.

February 28, 2017 7:42 PM

Carol said:

No this is not real progress. Canadian Veterans under the NVC are at a distinct financial disadvantage as all our allowances LTD...PIA ...etc are taxable

February 28, 2017 7:29 PM