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Post by Dannypaj on Fri 27 May 2016, 08:47

The GOC and their processes and the QR&O's and there Directives and Orders, oh don't forget the big one the U of S, the knife to the juggler that ends your career.
The administration process was what medically released me and I am paying the price?
WOW is right (to buddies response), but this comes from an air conditioned pen pusher, who is not the injured Private/Able Seaman/Gunner/Trooper, no he is the Big Wig, so why would he care?
I'll decide when I am ready, not just that, my medical team will decide when I am ready to return to work.
Stress! The GOC should really not be the cause of my stress' but yet it is.
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Failure to hire more veterans causing anger

Post by Guest on Thu 26 May 2016, 16:26

It was hailed as a giant step forward in aid of Canada’s disabled veterans.

The Veterans Hiring Act was passed by the Conservative government July 1, 2015. Canada Day.

Its thrust was straight forward: veterans released for medical reasons were to be first in line for any federal civil service job.

There has been no stampede.

Citing the Public Service Commission, the Globe and Mail reported Thursday that from the passage of the the bill through this past April, a total of 26 veterans had been given government jobs based on a priority status resulting from injury attributable to their service.

The government also issued priority placement to 112 veterans who were released because of injuries that were not directly attributed to their military career.

According to PSC figures, as of May 16, a total of 424 medically discharged veterans remain the priority list for government jobs.

One more figure: Since the Veterans Hiring Act was passed, 20,000 people have been appointed to government positions.

A lot of veterans who let out a deep breath a year ago are not happy.

One of them is Don Leonardo, a third generation member of the Canadian military, who served as a Canadian peacekeeper in the former Yugoslavia in the early 1990’s

Mr. Leonardo is a long-time veterans advocate who is president of Veterans Canada, which has 8,000 members and is the second largest (after the Canadian Legion) veterans group in the country.

He spoke to RCI by phone from his home in Airdrie, Alberta.

Click on the link below to Listen to the conversation


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Disabled veterans finding doors shut to jobs in federal civil service

Post by Guest on Tue 24 May 2016, 16:50

At the age of 50, Master Corporal Kelly Carter saw the writing on the wall. His injured body was no longer capable of keeping up with the infantry soldiers at the Edmonton Garrison where he was stationed.

With four permanent injuries due to military exercises and drills, Mr. Carter could not do the rucksack trek. He couldn’t run. He needed hip surgery. And, even though his Armed Forces career had been spent in human resources, he was required to maintain the fitness standards of the Land Force Command.

Before he could be declared unfit, Mr. Carter retired to his home in Calgary in August, 2013, on a small Canadian Forces pension. He immediately started looking for a job in the federal government.

Even though taxpayers had spent tens of thousands of dollars training him to do his job, he quickly learned that his years of service to Canada meant little to federal employers.

Men and women whose physical or mental injuries force an early end to their military careers, who are discharged because they no longer meet the “universality of service” test of being deployable anywhere at any time, are not finding easy entry to the bureaucracy.

The government says veterans get priority hiring, but Mr. Carter said, “I am one of those people who can walk into 85 or 90 per cent of the clerical jobs and, until this week, I have not been called for testing or interviews, not even the professional courtesy of a phone call.” Only recently, he was invited to apply to be an appeals officer with Revenue Canada.

The former Conservative government brought in a law on Canada Day of last year that said veterans who were released for medical reasons were to be first in line for civil service jobs and that all veterans would get “priority entitlement” to government vacancies. That legislation also meant, for the first time, that former soldiers, sailors and air personnel could apply for the internally listed postings that are open only to civil servants.

In the first seven months after that law took effect, the Public Service Commission says just 146 of the nearly 20,000 people hired by the federal government were veterans who used the preference provisions of the law.

Meanwhile, as of May 16, there were 424 medically discharged veterans waiting on the priority list to be hired. And there were an unknown number of veterans who, like Mr. Carter, were not released for specified medical reasons but would like a federal job.

The current Liberal government came to office promising to expand job opportunities to veterans.

Earlier this month, Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr told reporters: “When people are deemed unable to meet universality of service, we have to ensure they are getting opportunities to rebuild their lives, whether through education, through employment, through other areas to find their new normal.”

Questions about what can be done to improve the participation rate of veterans in the civil service were put recently to Mr. Hehr. His staff told the The Globe and Mail to direct them instead to Judy Foote, the Public Services and Procurement Minister, whose staff redirected them to the Public Service Commission, which did not respond.

Brian McKenna, a former warrant officer who was unwillingly discharged as a result of medical issues, says: “There’s a lot of things that the Department of Veterans Affairs does really well, but one of the things they do on the employment file, unfortunately, is they punt to the civilian sector all the time.”

Mr. McKenna says members of the Armed Forces should be able to transfer to any other open government position for which they are qualified, just as someone who works in the Fisheries Department can transfer to Immigration. But a soldier without a medical release, instead, must start at zero, he said.

For “some people, the reality is, due to their physical or mental injuries, they may not work again,” Mr. McKenna said. “But the vast majority of guys can and will, eventually, if they are given the right aid. And the taxpayer ought to want that. We ought to want people to be fending for themselves as best they can, especially if you are dealing with young men. Young men are what they do.”

That is part of the motivation for Mr. Carter’s job search.

The other impetus is money. His pension earnings do not meet even the low-income cutoff for a single person living in Calgary. Now 53, he hopes to collect at least another 12 years’ worth of wages and perhaps a second pension so he does not have to receive top-ups from Veterans Affairs for the rest of his life.

“My body’s trashed,” said Mr. Carter. Although his Armed Forces job was largely clerical, the years of exercises and drills with heavy packs and weaponry have taken their toll. It is awkward for him to hobble into job interviews with civilian employers, he said, “like a pirate with a wooden leg.”

But he said he could be of benefit to Canada if the government would give him a chance. “I am dying to get out there,” Mr. Carter said of the civil service. “It would be really nice to continue serving my country.”


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