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Post by bigrex on Sat 13 Aug 2016, 23:01

Teen, I agree that I can see the Liberals announcing the new pension on or around Apr 1st, because that will be roughly when the new budget will be coming out.
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Post by Teentitan on Sun 14 Aug 2016, 11:44

That's the thing Johnny it's all about the camera's with this guy and using vets as a props. It's complete utter BS. Good for you not to pass it along. If they don't know a half a dozen vets they could call in Ch'town then what does that say about their reputation?

I can't help but think how much money is being burned away to send him and his team (which also includes his health team) around the country to announce offices opening in a year? Why is he doing this? He's only setting himself up for failure which is going to be a stall tactic by the Libs when they replace him.

One thing about Ministers you either keep a low profile away from PEI or you go to PEI and learn on the go so you look intelligent when faced with questions about the new benefit, lifelong pension, etc.

A Minister that does this also learns the ropes and can hold his own during one on one conversations. Since 1999 I have only ever spoken to 2 Ministers that were confident enough to talk without their ADM's around....George Baker a Lib and Erin O'Toole a con. That's 2 out of 10 since 99'.

A Minister who does not keep a low profile well usually that's a sign he's going to be the goat whenever the feces hit's the fan.
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Post by czerv on Sun 14 Aug 2016, 12:39

They have improved the FA.. correction: VAC system that now one has to wait 32 weeks to get decision from them (that is after they say: they got all the docs in order).
According to their coms that I just received, they are now looking at January docs (to make the final decision).

Thanks Mr. Herrrrrr.

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Post by Guest on Sun 14 Aug 2016, 15:52

Teen the money from his travels are coming from tax payer dollars, more than likely from his ministerial budget. I certainly agree with you about the BS and not being educated on our file. We have seen lots of posted interviews here on CSAT where he shows his lack of knowledge on our file, he has passed (everything) down to his staff/bureaucrats to get done. He doesn't really have the time to get in to deep on the knowledge as he is preoccupied with his daily travels. This is the way he is, this is the way it will continue as long as he stays in that position. Like I said before with the offices, he is creating jobs by making this a priority, it makes him look like he is in charge and has the knowledge needed to address our file, but to the Veteran his travel showboat and photo Ops fools no one, at least the Veterans from CSAT. All of this because he simply passed everything down for others to do, the sad thing is that those implementations that are presented are set in stone by those implementing them, the MVA will go by whatever they do and say as long as it's somewhat inline with his mandate letter, in the meantime it's photo Op heaven for him.

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Post by Guest on Thu 19 Jan 2017, 17:41

Injured veterans to get choice over pensions or lump-sum payments

Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr says his department is drawing up plans to offer injured ex-soldiers the choice of lump-sum payments or lifetime pensions when they leave the military, despite the government’s tight fiscal situation.

“We made commitments to our veterans to offer the lump sum or lifetime pension option,” he said. “We are putting my department through the paces of coming up with real, viable plans to allow veterans that choice, to allow them to make a clear decision (by) understanding the financial ramifications.”


It's been a year Since Pinger posted this article/info on the lifelong pension promise, still nothing.

The biggest promise and the most important promise not being fulfilled to date, no word on the progress, this is just plain wrong in every way.

You would think they would at least give us an update.

I was guessing that the announcement would come this year, now I'm not so sure.

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Post by Guest on Thu 19 Jan 2017, 22:04

politically speaking this is the perfect year if they are going to frack us . next year being the second best year . if in fact they are going to do the right thing and give the PA pension as an option just before the next election would be best .

of course it seems like they are going to frack us once again so ya I'm thinkin this year .

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Post by pinger on Fri 20 Jan 2017, 20:10

It's been a year since that article alright, plus JT's promise of the return of "a" lifelong pension before he was even elected.

Given how this is paramount and why many (vets included) voted for JT in the first place,  Why couldn't KH have simply communicated an update to Joe/Jane Canada/Vet about it? (too late now).  Sad tragedies
That could have coloured him more sincere than ignorant to me at least.

Something like... "It is more difficult (stop laughing propat) than we initially thought bla-bla-bla-bla"

Here's a small redemption tip for Kent Hehr and his PR Dept:

Goto a young banged up, disabled NVC vet that's hurting financially re: their "award" as opposed to a PA pension. Someone on a long waiting list.
Then... (very respectful of their pride) broadcast live from their home carte blanc, off the cuff, without a teleprompter or cheap rhetoric flat out how things are going on our file.
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Post by johnny211 on Fri 20 Jan 2017, 21:43

Pinger - Communication - That is something we all did in the forces, and the backbone of my trade as a Rad Op. I am sure there is a huge Communication Dept/Spin Dept in VA. It boggles the mind of all Vets why No updates have been given in over a year now. Surely they are working on new policies to be announced hopefully in Apr, or not?
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Justin Trudeau promises lifelong pensions for injured veterans

Post by Guest on Wed 01 Feb 2017, 17:20

Justin Trudeau promises lifelong pensions for injured veterans


Trudeau to release 'fully costed platform' in coming weeks that will include $300M plan for veterans

CBC News Posted: Aug 24, 2015 11:29 AM ET


Justin Trudeau makes promises to veterans

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau promised to "reinstate" lifelong pensions for Canada's injured veterans during a campaign announcement in Belleville, Ont. that pledged $300 million annually to expand and create military support programs if elected on Oct. 19.

Trudeau said that after "10 years of neglect" under the Conservative government, he would implement changes immediately, including a new fund to cover post-secondary education costs for veterans, two new veterans' care centres and more support for the families of veterans.

"For 10 years, Stephen Harper has been nickle-and-diming our veterans, lacking the respect and the support that Canadians have earned through service to country and that's something that we have to fix as a priority," Trudeau told supporters in the southern Ontario riding Bay of Quinte, which is home to CFB Trenton.

"This is about doing right by people who have offered everything in service of our country."

Trudeau said a "fully costed platform" would be released in coming weeks to show how the Liberal plan would be funded should he form government.

The plan includes:


  • $20 million to create two new veterans' care centres.


  • $100 million annually to expand support for families of veterans, including education and counseling.


  • $25 million to expand the Permanent Impairment Allowance for the most seriously wounded.


  • $40 million to increase the Earnings Loss Benefit from 75 per cent to 90 per cent of a soldier's pre-release salary.


  • Increase the veteran survivor's pension amount to 70 per cent from 50 per cent.


  • Double funding to the Last Post Fund for the burial of veterans.


http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canada-election-2015-trudeau-liberal-veterans-pensions-1.3201506

Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr urges patience on military pensions



Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr answers a question during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, June 16, 2016.

The Canadian Press
Published Saturday, September 24, 2016 9:02AM CST

WINNIPEG --  Canadian veterans are being asked to be patient when it comes to the re-establishment of their lifelong pension.

Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr was in Winnipeg on Friday to meet with new office employees and service members.  

He was asked about his party's election promise to bring back the lifelong pension  for veterans after it was eliminated in 2006 by the former Conservative government in favour of a controversial lump sum payment.

Hehr said the Liberal government is working toward "having a clearer option" on the lifetime pension.

There is currently a lawsuit making its way through the courts in British Columbia that was filed by six severely disabled Afghanistan veterans in 2012.

It was halted in 2015 during the election campaign with the hopes that a new government would create new legislation on lifelong pension for veterans, but as of June the lawsuit is back on.

A judge is expected to make a decision some time in the fall.

"We can't run government by lawsuit, but we can implement good public policy and that's exactly what we're doing and I can say we are very proud of the work we are doing," Hehr said.

The lack of action on the government's part has not sat well with veterans who preferred the lifelong pension over the lump sum.

Winnipeg military reservist Harvey Gingras said he took the lump sum of about $93,000.

"You get a large check, does not last very long," Gingras said. "Especially people who have PTSD or any psychological problems."

http://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/veterans-affairs-minister-kent-hehr-urges-patience-on-military-pensions-1.3086955






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Re: Injured veterans to get choice over pensions or lump-sum payments

Post by johnny211 on Wed 01 Feb 2017, 19:57

Patience,,Lol, Patience has way outrun its course..Johnny Out..VVV
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Post by Vet1234 on Wed 01 Feb 2017, 20:06

Here's some fodder for the pension fire...
I'm trying to renew my mortgage right now. I receive PIA/S and EELB.
I've been on EELB for only a few months. I ask my CM for a statement and explanation of my benefits. CM writes that my PIA/S is payable for life, but my EELB is to be reviewed in 2 years, at which point they will decide if I am to still receive it, or go back to VocRehab. After Voc rehab, my benefits last only 3 months...
I fu**ing told CM it was to renew my mortgage.
Mortgage place didnt understand how I am PIA for life, yet my ELB isn't guaranteed until 65. Mortgage place asked why my "pension" isn't guaranteed until I'm 65...
Pension = security
I literally had to get my Psych to write me a letter today, saying that he is my medical assessor and my condition is permanent. Hope my renewal gets approved.
FFS
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Re: Injured veterans to get choice over pensions or lump-sum payments

Post by johnny211 on Wed 01 Feb 2017, 20:36

Vet1234 - That is one thing I don't get, when we are TPI, and some of us getting CPPD, and our Dr,s/Pcsy write that we will never get better, and are chronic mentally or physically, stop jerking us with these 2 yr timeline crap..it's called TPI for a reason. Johnnys Rant,, Out..
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Re: Injured veterans to get choice over pensions or lump-sum payments

Post by Dannypaj on Wed 01 Feb 2017, 20:49

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Post by Dannypaj on Wed 01 Feb 2017, 20:52

this is why the three of us are still wondering what will happen, reassessments and lies?
If you can't trust your leader, who do you trust?
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Post by Dannypaj on Wed 01 Feb 2017, 20:57

All you have to do is get one monkey everything it thinks it needs or deserves and it will do brutal things to the other monkeys for you, to keep the other monkeys from getting what it thinks it deserves
Had to share after seeing it on a post
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