Soldier battles feds on pension claw back
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,