Stop cutting loose ill, injured soldiers too early, ombudsman tells military

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Post by Trooper on Fri 16 Dec 2016, 10:47

Why is it that every single day there's a write up on the failure of the government to look after it's medically released Veterans?

Why is it that we hear the same exact response from those in charge of looking after Veterans, we need to fix GAPS.?

We understand and we are working hard to fix GAPS?

The system is complex, and we need to take our time to get it right?

Why such a huge division among Veterans?

Why is it that we do not hear those frustrations coming from PA Veterans?

Why is it that I'm hearing from Veterans groups and the Minister that there's only a handful of Veterans who are unhappy?

Who is really in charge of the Veteran file?

If you don't know the answer to this, I will give you a hint, (the year 2006.)



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Re: Stop cutting loose ill, injured soldiers too early, ombudsman tells military

Post by Rifleman on Fri 16 Dec 2016, 15:00

I would to butt stroke everyone of them the they would have to fix the gap in there yap always the same old song an dance

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DND couriers benefits paperwork to ex-military cop left without income for months

Post by Trooper on Sat 24 Dec 2016, 06:08

DND couriers benefits paperwork to ex-military cop left without income for months

People have 'reached out just to say thank you for speaking up,' says ex-soldier caught in pension pinch

By Murray Brewster, CBC News Posted: Dec 24, 2016 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Dec 24, 2016 5:00 AM ET


Retired corporal Pamela McArthur left the Canadian Armed Forces in mid-October and is still waiting for her severance, military pension and veterans benefits.

A single mother who's been without income since she was released from the military for medical reasons 2 months ago has received an outpouring of public support since CBC News shared her story as well as a bit of help from the military.

Pamela McArthur, a retired corporal and former military police officer who was released in mid-October without severance pay, military pension or disability benefits, spoke to CBC News last week about her frustration dealing with National Defence and Veterans Affairs.

On the same day CBC News shared her story, officials at the Defence Department couriered the documents she'll need to speed along the delivery of her pension.

McArthur says she's received overwhelming support from both people still in uniform and recently retired members.

"A lot of people have reached out just to say thank you for speaking up," she said Friday. "Not a lot of people are willing or can put their face out there."

VETS Canada, a national organization that deals with soldiers in crisis, has been helping to cover some of her expenses and has received specific offers of support from the public.

'When you get out, you're on your own. You're helpless at the mercy of the system.'
- Pamela McArthur


The Liberal government promised to create a smoother exit system for soldiers being released from the military, but documents obtained by CBC News show it will be up to three years before all of the changes are implemented.

Those who retire or are released on medical grounds face a dizzying amount of paperwork and delays of up to a year for benefits and services from both Defence and Veterans Affairs.

There are also backlogs for paying severance and military pensions.

Changes recommended

More and more ex-service members have been left with no income and paying out of pocket for treatment and medications while they wait for Veterans Affairs to decide whether the government will cover their conditions.

A draft implementation plan to overhaul the transition system, obtained by CBC News, shows many recommendations made by the military ombudsman, and some from the veterans ombudsman, are expected to be ignored.


Veterans ombudsman Guy Parent, right, and Canadian Forces ombudsman Gary Walbourne have proposed many reforms to help Canadian Forces members make the transition to civilian life.

Gary Walbourne, the Canadian Forces ombudsman, has repeatedly insisted that Veterans Affairs should automatically accept the military medical diagnosis that ends a soldier's career.

Legislation requires the department force ex-soldiers to submit to a second medical assessment to determine their eligibility for benefits and whether their condition was caused by military service.

Walbourne says veterans are sometimes denied benefits for conditions that ended their careers in uniform.

He also says soldiers shouldn't be released until their benefits are set up, including pension and severance payments.

McArthur said many of the offices she's dealt with in both departments are "overwhelmed and they tell you they're overwhelmed."

But for veterans who are used to a steady paycheque and the structure of military life, being dropped into the civilian world is a disorienting and frightening experience.

"When you get out, you're on your own," she said. "You're helpless at the mercy of the system."


http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/military-pension-single-mom-1.3911295
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Re: Stop cutting loose ill, injured soldiers too early, ombudsman tells military

Post by Dannypaj on Sat 24 Dec 2016, 06:12

Some of the strongest amongst us, are our Sister-in-arms.
"A lot of people have reached out just to say thank you for speaking up," she said Friday. "Not a lot of people are willing or can put their face out there."
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Re: Stop cutting loose ill, injured soldiers too early, ombudsman tells military

Post by Dannypaj on Sat 24 Dec 2016, 06:29

This is the biggest cause of suicide upon release (I EXPERIENCED IT), it's not an easy process.
The G.A.F factor is out the window, why?
When unfairly released, well,,
Have fun, the future looks bright.
Keep kicking out Canada's best and brightest from the Forces, maybe then we'll build a better peaceful world....eh!



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