Sol­dier bat­tles feds on pen­sion claw back

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Prime Min­is­ter Harper:

To­day I am re­turn­ing my mil­i­tary medals to the Gov­er­nor Gen­eral in protest of your Gov­ern­ment’s in­ac­tion and in­ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tions that have af­fected the life­style and sup­port to our sol­diers and vet­er­ans.

In my let­ter to the Gov­er­nor Gen­eral, I point out the fol­low­ing:

In­ac­tion on the SISIP claw back, which re­duces an in­jured vet­eran’s abil­ity to live in rel­a­tive com­fort, forc­ing most to work at low pay­ing jobs to make ends meet. Un­for­tu­nately, I can­not work and this has caused me to lose $1,800 per month from my Dis­abil­ity In­sur­ance un­der SISIP (Man­ulife), funds that are clawed back due to my DVA, CPP, and my mil­i­tary pen­sion.

In­ac­tion on the CPP claw back, re­duc­ing a vet­eran’s mil­i­tary pen­sion once they start to re­ceive CPP. Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment do not suf­fer this in­dig­nity and their pen­sion is not re­duced. This has caused me to lose $1,000 per month, funds that are clawed back due to my mil­i­tary pen­sion.

The Min­is­ter of Na­tional De­fence, Peter MacKay, voted against fix­ing the CPP claw back, Bill C-201.

The Min­is­ter of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs, Greg Thomp­son, voted against fix­ing the CPP claw back, Bill C-201.

The Cana­dian Forces, on April 1,2006, or­dered it’s doc­tors (both mil­i­tary and civil­ian) not to pro­vide any let­ter, opin­ion, or sup­port to the sol­diers when deal­ing with the depart­ment of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs, vir­tu­ally mak­ing it nearly im­pos­si­ble for a sol­dier to get com­pen­sa­tion for an in­jury. Doc­tors were, how­ever, still re­quired to com­plete all of the pa­per­work for SISIP and CPP applications. DVA Pen­sions could be dealt with in-house, but the other two dealt with civil­ian in­sur­ance com­pa­nies and other gov­ern­ment de­part­ments who re­fused to al­low only a med­i­cal file as a med­i­cal opin­ion. Both in turn would be clawed back and changes to the Pen­sion Act would be the only way the gov­ern­ment would lose any funds to vet­er­ans, changes they were not plan­ning to sup­port.

The depart­ment of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs has be­come a quag­mire of red tape, caus­ing vet­er­ans and sol­diers more grief than nec­es­sary. Many just walk away without fight­ing, more are too ill and in­jured to fight. I have been fight­ing DVA for nearly three years and only re­cently was ap­proved for my in­juries, even though I still have not re­ceived any com­pen­sa­tion. CPP has de­ter­mined that I qual­ify as 100 per cent dis­abled. This was due to my doc­tor be­ing able to sup­port and give writ­ten opin­ion as to my lim­i­ta­tions, some­thing that she was not al­lowed to do for DVA.

Your di­rec­tion and sup­ported ac­tions in th­ese points is dis­heart­en­ing. With bil­lions of dol­lars put into the auto in­dus­try just to see them go into bank­ruptcy or cut jobs in Canada, you de­cide to take funds and sup­port away from the very souls who have fought for this coun­try. That my friend is a sign of a prime min­is­ter who is not looking at the health of our sol­diers and veter- ans, but the bot­tom line to the fi­nan­cial woes of the auto in­dus­try, stack­ing deck chairs on the

so to speak. We fought for this coun­try to pre­serve our her­itage and way of life. I am now fight­ing our gov­ern­ment to help the very peo­ple who did the fight­ing, our sol­diers and vet­er­ans. Maybe you should have put on a uni­form and fought. I am sure you would then un­der­stand the rea­son we are so vig­i­lant in our ac­tions.

I re­main a proud Cana­dian,

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