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Shameful failure toward vets with PTSD
« on: November 27, 2014, 06:58:24 AM »
Shameful failure toward vets with PTSD

Hamilton Spectator

Imagine working in a job where you enjoy benefits. Then you are injured in the course of doing that job. You get access to short-term assistance, but the future is uncertain. You can't work, certainly not without treatment. But you have to wait for as long as eight months to learn if you even qualify for benefits and support.

First off, let's acknowledge that for many injured workers, especially when WSIB and insurance companies get involved, that sort of delay isn't unusual. But now consider that this is exactly what is happening across Canada to veterans who return from war zones suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Not only are many waiting for months, but to apply for benefits requires additional months of demanding paperwork, and this by fragile veterans who are struggling to get better.

This is how our country says thanks? According to a damning report by Auditor General Michael Ferguson, that is the sad truth. The Harper government ought to be ashamed, and since they are our national leadership proxies, we ought to be ashamed, too. We owe more to battle-scarred war vets.

Howard Elliott
Canadian Veterans Advocacy - One Veteran One Standard

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