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Re: Reconsideration Letter Question

Post by Dannypaj on Mon 13 Jul 2015, 21:31

tfmm, I am happy you have closure. November until now is a long wait. I hope you received exactly what you applied for and are happy with the favorable decision.
I am not sure if DVA has a job placement program. I am guessing that the priority hiring of Veterans into the federal sector maybe DVA's solution.


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Re: Reconsideration Letter Question

Post by tfmm on Wed 15 Jul 2015, 10:21

I don't want to discourage you but my husband didn't have any success with priority hire. Maybe it has changed since then. That was several years ago.
He was in Admin and constantly upgrading throughout his career. Then on release he was suddenly no longer qualified to do half the work at the new pay centre in Mirimachi (his home town, no less). That's the same centre which still has only half the staff it needs, and which managers say their staff hasn't learned the job yet.
Why was he turned down? Presumably because his French (which technology can instantly translate) wasn't good enough to work in an English town where he spent half his life.

My advice: learn French.

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Re: Reconsideration Letter Question

Post by tfmm on Wed 15 Jul 2015, 10:28

Regarding the decision..

Thank you! I received more than I applied for.

I have never seen my husband's medical file. The decision was based on something in the file my husband never told me about. There will always be things I won't know because I didn't have the security clearance, and some other things simply because my husband didn't want to worry me.

As a spouse, can I just say... vets, share more of your burden with your spouses. We can handle it, and it might help to ease the load you carry.

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Re: Reconsideration Letter Question

Post by johnny211 on Wed 15 Jul 2015, 16:09

tfmm - I hear you there. It is hard for us sometimes to tell some of the sights we have seen or been thru even with the ones we love. My psyc told me to write my story, which I have done a few times. Then I would leave it sitting on the coffee table, and told my spouse to read it, when she feels like it, Because most of it is too hard to repeat.
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Re: Reconsideration Letter Question

Post by pinger on Wed 15 Jul 2015, 17:44

tffm,  I'm very happy for you and your hubby's favourable decision the other day.
Our circles need (to hear) more good news. It ain't all doom and gloom albeit an uphill battle.

Anyway, just wanted to remind and tack in on something here...
Files, paperwork, records, and a little I.T.
That's dotting the "i's" and crossing the "t's"

Record keeping. I've always found myself fanatical about it and it has served me well. Granted, vrab can discount anything they choose to.
Never tasted that delicacy at 5/5 but you never know.

Bottom line, keep best records, medical reports incl. photocopies of EVERY correspondence between vac and you. Don't miss anything no matter even 3rd party. It just might help you in later years.

Due diligence.

Now if I could only find my file cabinent... cheers.  pinger.
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Re: Reconsideration Letter Question

Post by tfmm on Fri 17 Jul 2015, 00:56

I had a filing cabinet once..
Tossed it when a crooked contractor renovated, and a thieving computer repair guy kept my computer and all software. What good is a filing system without something to file? Wink

I get what you're saying, though.

For everyone here.. all I can say is.. have faith. It's a long time coming, but the light at the end of the tunnel does come. And some times, it's not a train.

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Post by tfmm on Fri 17 Jul 2015, 01:00

For those of you writing down what you have experienced:

There should be an address where all of you can mail anonymously... to have it compiled into a book.

If you do, please make it in memory of Master Seaman John Murdock.
He gave of himself, to country and to fellow man, to the very end.

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Re: Reconsideration Letter Question

Post by Dannypaj on Mon 20 Jul 2015, 09:12

Why do I write my story and what has happened in dealing with Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) online?
First off,  Being medically released at the lowest rank in the Canadian armed Forces (CAF) was the most humiliating and deeming way to break a person's spirit after requesting medical assistance.
Prior to being medically released I waited for four years for a decision on my future in the CAF.  Four years of being paraded around my co-workers waiting to hear what was next, I felt like I was being ridiculed behind my back as being the injured young guy.   I felt abandoned by my superiors as though I was a useless peace of equipment and a burden taking up space. I didn't understand what being injured in the CAF meant and how much it would continue to persist through out the years.
A recurring theme was the caution given to me by my supervisors to keep a record of all my dealings with the Government of Canada (GOC).  I never once questioned why I would need to gather up and keep a record of every document that seemed relevant, maybe I was naïve or just believed that the Canadian Armed Forces was going to act in my best interest, but  I am glad to have kept a record of my dealings with the GOC and now understand why I was being instructed to document everything. I was about to slowly lose my dignity and pride while dealing with VAC to obtain benefits.
Obtaining benefits from Vac has to be the most god awful painful way for a Veteran to get help.  You fill out a document without certainty and send it away and wait with no anticipated time for a response.  Imagine doing this sort of waiting since 2003.
My health was no longer CAF problem it was now VAC, but Vac is a hostile environment which has many faces and for the most part do not have the authority nor commitment of the GOC to actually really help Veterans, but one that surely holds the authority to denial, delay and drag there feet as long as they are saving a dime.  
This is a true story.  I am that poor young Able Seaman who was medically released and is living through this government announced policy of a living breathing document called the New Veterans Charter (NVC).  
Two years on SISIP and then on my own barley making it by was a good indication that I was had by the GOC.  Their plan had worked and they had saved money,  I was not their problem any longer and since I was employed I wasn't SISIP's either.

My first decision letter from VAC
I received my first correspondence from VAC after my medical release and it was a letter of denial.  My thoughts upon receiving the letter of denial was that this is the government and that VAC is acting in my best interest since perhaps I wasn't entitled for benefits saving me further grief. For years I thought about VAC's denial and I couldn't understand it.  I am a medically released soldier and I am now living with more burdens and more uncertainty then ever before.  
Why was I denied by VAC the first time? Maybe in hopes that I wouldn't question their decision and just go on my way without a fight.
Fortunately for me, I didn't go on my way, I stood my ground! It took years of beatings at the hand of GOC, but getting up after every beat and finally receiving a favourable decisions was well deserved, but it has been bitter sweat. These favourable decisions should not have been so complicated and such a mental struggle to receive.  It has taking a tool on my well being as you can probably tell by me having to write down my thoughts.  The favourable decision is bitter sweat to me because I still lost years of pensionable time, income and I still need to graduate and obtain suitable gainful employment.  This seems like a simple task to some, but for me it has been just more stress and anxiety added to my life. The what if's are never answered, like what happens after graduating? Will I be abandoned again in hopes that I will go away.
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Re: Reconsideration Letter Question

Post by Dannypaj on Mon 20 Jul 2015, 10:36

Update

I thought my file was in process and my complaints were being addressed.  They were not!  I was on the phone with the Veterans Ombudsman's office trying to figure out what has happened. Frack me! Man oh man! what BS! Assumption is the cause of all major frack ups and I assumed again that things were moving along the grinding path of VAC, but it wasn't. If failure is what they want, Vac is certainly pushing me over the edge.
Any suggestions from anybody? Need help!
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Re: Reconsideration Letter Question

Post by Guest on Mon 20 Jul 2015, 13:56

The only thing that can be done is a class action law suit which is bad for hard working Canadians. Disabled vets going on a full scale attack and demanding a public inquiry and a public audit flooding global national, and cbc national news, and ctv with our stories and demanding the public call for a national inquiry. the first of October everybody send their stories to global national and these other news channels and flood them with Stories of the abuse at the hands of the military/va/vrab/sisip. that is election time, and will give everybody time to collect evidence and write their stories. lets put them on trial and make them accountable for their actions.The only way to clean dirty laundry is to wash it and hang it out dry. I am so serious about this that im telling you my name is Scott Thompson  and goc/military/va/vrab/sisip,you will know in 5 to 7 days when you receive my solemn declaration witness statements and claims  just how powerfull we can be especially if we stand up together against the mistreatment of disabled veterans. no story is to small no story to big let it all out dont hold back and feel you have to protect any of these dishonorable organization like I have for years.My email serthompson@hotmail.com send conformation when completed If everbodys dirty laundry is mailed first of oct nobody will be standing alone. will keep updated number of participants with stories regularly. Veterans nows your chance to make real change dont cower in the corner or stand on the side lines we need everyone. circulate this posting.

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Re: Reconsideration Letter Question

Post by Dannypaj on Mon 20 Jul 2015, 14:39

Wildthing,
I am not sure if this will help, I posted this statement on the Honorable Minister of Veterans Affairs Facebook page:Thank you for all of your announcements and continued support of Veterans and all Veterans issues. I hope the legislated changes will give all Veterans whom are under the New Veterans Charter and old Pension Act an improvement to their quality of life, especially for those whom are injured in the line of duty. For those interested in the spirit and voices of Veterans, feel free to visit the CSAT forum, then one can form a better appreciation of what a disarray of a system Veterans have been faced with and the struggles of the the uphill battle with this government agency.Thank you Dannypaj
Canadians need to know that this is happening and the more eyes on the issue the faster changes will be made for the better.
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Post by Guest on Mon 20 Jul 2015, 15:14

How are they going to get eyes on the issue if we dont stick it in their face the media covers one person for a few seconds then forgotten if their mail room gets plugged up at election time that will be front and center there has to be a public inquiry and audit or fk all will change and the public has to demand it. I have them by the short and curlies all by myself but if i have to go alone it will be in the form of a law suit if i dont get my claims, the more there is the stronger the message it will send, it is time to put up or shut up. And who the hell looks at the MVA facebook page I never have and i am sure no tax payers have

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Post by Guest on Mon 20 Jul 2015, 15:34

I keep getting kicked out of the forum never had that happen before must have ruffled some feathers when does billc51 become law having a hard time posti

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Post by teentitan on Mon 20 Jul 2015, 15:36

It ain't me kicking you out wild thing. There is server problems currently being ironed out so as they always say...please have patience and keep trying to log in.
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Re: Reconsideration Letter Question

Post by Dannypaj on Wed 29 Jul 2015, 06:51

Sent: UTC 2015-03-03 22:16
Hi Mr. J.
In response to the Work Item sent to BPA Halifax on 2015-02-02
from your Case Manager, wherein she was inquiring
on your behalf as to an indication of whether you needed to do
anything else or if your file is moving ahead with the new evidence
you sent to our office.

A letter will be coming to you in the very near future from Mr.
Anthony S., BPA Halifax. Please be advised that we have now
forwarded the statement to the Reconsideration Unit. Once the
Reconsideration Unit receives the document, an advocate will
get assigned. In due course, the assigned advocate will be in
contact with you, but please be advised that BPA Halifax is unable
to give you an estimated time frame
of when you could receive
such contact as a Reconsideration is not a process handled at
the District Office level. It is taken care of at the BPA Head
Office level in Charlottetown. It is that office you will be
in contact with from this point forward.

I trust this notification is satisfactory.

Thank you,
Advocacy Assistant
BPA HFX

Every morning when I wake up I  hope that today will be the day my issues will be resolved with VAC fairly, but for now I continue to patiently wait as bills keep piling up and my line of credit keeps climbing. Just another day of being patient...........meanwhile the lords in Britain are out wasting money and candidly  stating how corrupt the parliamentary  system is..........allowances and extra money for them to line their pockets and apparently do other illegal activities.  Shameful!
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