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Post by bigrex on Thu 20 Jul 2017, 15:32

Well there is only one number that needs to be made public. The disability/death award is capped at $360000. That is 3.36% of the payment being made to this former child soldier.
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Post by Guest on Thu 20 Jul 2017, 06:50

Iceman wrote:Johnny, I totally agree.
While the major issue is his settlement. All the press has been about how much he got, compared to how little we got has really helped our case.

More and more Canadians are now aware of how badly we've been treated, rather than just us, and very few others. Every Letter, every article about this just helps us.

If anything, now that public opinion seems to be on our side, they †might have to release the purse string even more, and a little faster in order to keep power in 2 years. We'll have to wait and see. †


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Post by Iceman on Wed 19 Jul 2017, 18:39

Johnny, I totally agree.
While the major issue is his settlement. All the press has been about how much he got, compared to how little we got has really helped our case.

More and more Canadians are now aware of how badly we've been treated, rather than just us, and very few others. Every Letter, every article about this just helps us.

If anything, now that public opinion seems to be on our side, they might have to release the purse string even more, and a little faster in order to keep power in 2 years. We'll have to wait and see.


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Post by johnny211 on Wed 19 Jul 2017, 17:17

That is one well written article. There is quite a bit of press lately comparing what JT gave a known terrorist, too what Vets don't receive. And I see that as a good thing. They may be 2 separate issues. But I say shame on them for still dragging us thru the courts. And once again going back on their word. I for one have my doubts this so called life pension will appear before the fall as they promised. Cranky Old Rad Op Out..VVV
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Take care of our veterans

Post by Guest on Wed 19 Jul 2017, 15:44



Take care of our veterans


BY MEDICINE HAT NEWS OPINON ON JULY 19, 2017.

It is becoming clearer and clearer the Trudeau Liberal government is dragging its feet over restoration of lifetime pensions for Canadian veterans inflicted with lifetime injuries in the line of duty. While more than willing to throw away hundreds of millions of Canadian taxpayer money to the prime ministerís pet causes overseas so he can look good on the world stage, the Liberals have found it incredibly inconvenient to fulfill this election promise from 2015.

This represents a moral failure on two fronts for the Liberal government if they fail to follow through. First, the Liberals will have outright lied to veterans and the Canadian public when they promised to restore lifetime pensions. The current proposal the Liberals are mulling, according to multiple sources, is one where the lump-sum payments assigned through the guidelines of the New Veterans Charter would be kept unchanged; they would just be dolled out in monthly sums as opposed to one big lump sum. This is clearly not what the Liberals promised, or what Canadians understood in 2015, when the party said it would completely restore lifetime, fully-funded pensions for wounded veterans.

Secondly, the Liberals are thinking of continuing the former Conservative governmentís legal fight against a group of wounded Afghanistan soldiers who are suing the government for paying them less than they would have received if injured in a workplace accident at Walmart, for example, because they were reservists and not full-time soldiers at the time of their injuries. One of those soldiers involved in that lawsuit is former Medicine Hat resident Cpl. Bradley Darren Quast, who went to court because he was assessed in 2012 under the New Veterans Charter $42,000 for the permanent impairment of his leg, an injury sustained in an IED attack in Afghanistan.

The reservists argue in their suit the Canadian government has a constitutional responsibility to look after the severely wounded veterans it ordered off to war in the first place. Itís an argument the former Harper government rejected, to the widespread condemnation of Canadians. The Liberals seem poised to take over where Conservatives left off, denying any moral or legal responsibility to take care of wounded soldiers in the wars they declare.

There is no ambiguity here. If a soldier is wounded in the line of duty to this country so severely he or she is disabled for life, the country has a moral obligation to ensure that soldier is taken care of for the rest of his or her life. Yes, there is a price tag attached to that. But one would hazard to guess the total payout over those soldiersí lifetimes, in an era of smaller scale wars, wouldnít amount to the cost of three F-18 Superhornet jetfighters. We managed for Second World War and Korean War veterans to do the right thing for over 70 years, and there were many more of them.

Any dollars and cents argument the Liberals can make on this way issue will never add up, and to attempt to make such arguments is an insult to our veterans. Whatís the loss of your leg worth to you spread over a lifetime? Itís only $42,000 if you asked the Conservatives back in 2013/2014. Letís see of the Liberals are half as smart, and a quarter as smugly self-righteous, as they think they are. This issue can correctly be termed a test of moral character for this still young Liberal government; one which two Canadian governments before it have already failed.

(Tim Kalinowski is a News reporter. To comment on this and other editorials, go to http://medicinehatnews.com/opinions/

http://medicinehatnews.com/commentary/opinions/2017/07/19/take-care-of-our-veterans/

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