Vet­er­ans de­serve fed­eral com­pli­ance with courts

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Ran­dom-Burin-St. Ge­orge’s MP Judy Foote called it “un­ac­cept­able” there are vet­er­ans still be­ing treated un­fairly three months af­ter the fed­eral court ruled the gov­ern­ment had been il­le­gally claw­ing back vet­er­ans’ ben­e­fits.

Mrs. Foote in­sisted “It is time for the Harper gov­ern­ment to com­ply with the fed­eral court’s rul­ing and fi­nally give all af­fect- ed vet­er­ans what they are owed. While it is pos­i­tive most vet­er­ans whose long term dis­abil­ity ben­e­fits were il­le­gally clawed back are now re­ceiv­ing their full ben­e­fits, it is in­ex­cus­able there are still vet­er­ans whose ben­e­fit cheques do not re­flect the court’s rul­ing.”

She said the vet­er­ans’ ad­vo­cates re­ported many vet­er­ans who en­dured the most se­vere in­juries while pro­tect­ing our coun­try, and who are en­ti­tled to re­ceive the max­i­mum ben­e­fit, are not re­ceiv­ing their full com­pen­sa­tion.

The MP noted “De­fence Min­is­ter Peter MacKay ar­gues these vet­er­ans are in a ‘dif­fer­ent cat­e­gory’ and that it will take longer to re­solve their cases. Con­trary to the po­si­tion taken by the Min­is­ter of De­fence, all of the af­fected vet­er­ans, in­clud­ing those who were most se­verely injured in the line of duty, have waited long enough and de­serve to have the fed­eral court’s de­ci­sion im­ple­mented im­me­di­ately and com­pletely.”

Mrs. Foote in­di­cated there are over 700 men and women in her own rid­ing cur­rently serv­ing in the Cana­dian Forces, as well as hun­dreds who have pre­vi­ously served.

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