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Equitas Society – Our Mission
« on: September 12, 2012, 12:21:33 PM »
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Equitas Society – Our Mission

The Core Issue:

Canada had a long history of supporting our disabled soldiers by various long term pension and support programs, provided by Veteran Affairs Canada.  However, with the introduction of the New Veterans Charter in 2006, all Canadian soldiers who now make an application for disability benefits are awarded primarily a one-time payment with some disabled soldiers receiving various income guarantee funding.  The total of all their benefits under the New Veterans Charter is significantly less than those benefits provided by the previous Veteran Affairs Canada Pension Act, or other provincial worker compensation programs throughout Canada.   Right now we are not treating our disabled soldiers equally to other workers “disabled on the job.”

As a new group of disabled soldiers from the Afghan war work themselves through the New Veterans Charter compensation processes, they are quickly realizing they are receiving far less than what was previously provided and less than what other Canadian workers would receive for the same disability.   In fact, a 2011 Queen’s University study confirmed Canadian soldiers will only receive two thirds of the disability compensation under the New Veterans Charter compared to the previous Pension Act, given a maximum disability package .

It further appears that disabled reserve soldiers and partially disabled soldiers will receive even less, sometimes only 10% of what other provincial worker compensation programs would provide.

Although the New Veterans Charter was brought in to improve life for disabled soldiers, it has become clear that this Act is a negative for disabled soldiers and needs to be fixed.  As the result of the New Veterans Charter, many disabled soldiers are in dire circumstances and their stories are heart wrenching.  Therefore, either, the government must fix the New Veterans Charter immediately, or the soldiers themselves must ask the courts to provide a remedy to this situation.

The Solution:  Injured soldiers should receive disability benefits which are similar to other federal and provincial government employees. All Canadians should support this concept and support our disabled soldiers until this objective is achieved.

The Way Forward:  We need to support our disabled soldiers:  Firstly, we need to lobby our government to provide disabled Canadian soldiers the same level of benefits that the average Canadian worker receives.  Secondly, we need to support those disabled Canadian soldiers who are engaging the national law firm, Miller Thomson, to take their issue before the courts in order to secure disability benefits similar to federal and provincial employees. Although, Miller Thomson is providing pro bono legal services, the soldiers’ court disbursement costs need to be covered and paid now.  Lastly, we all must support programs that help restore our disabled soldiers to their maximum ability to generate a livable income.

Equitas Society Assistance:  In 2011, a group of concerned Canadians formed the Equitas Disabled Soldiers Funding Society (Equitas Society – meaning ”Equality”), incorporated pursuant to the Laws of British Columbia, in order to provide these services to our disabled soldiers.

a)    To raise the awareness of this very important issue so that the public will insist and the government will fix the problem of reduced disability benefits provided to our disabled Canadian soldiers as result of the 2006 New Veterans Charter,

b)    To raise the funds necessary to pay for the legal disbursement costs of the disabled soldiers who have retained the law firm Miller Thomson to address their reduced disability benefits in the courts,

c)    To raise funds for programs that support our disabled soldiers as they await a remedy to their reduced disability benefits that create, in many cases, a real difficulty to obtain the necessary income to fiscally support themselves and their families.

Web Page: http://equitassociety.ca/?page_id=5

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Equitas-Society/244969555566649?ref=ts

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« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2012, 05:58:44 PM »
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Mission

Equitas Society – Our Mission

The Core Issue:

Canada had a long history of supporting our disabled soldiers by various long term pension and support programs, provided by Veteran Affairs Canada.  However, with the introduction of the New Veterans Charter in 2006, all Canadian soldiers who now make an application for disability benefits are awarded primarily a one-time payment with some disabled soldiers receiving various income guarantee funding.  The total of all their benefits under the New Veterans Charter is significantly less than those benefits provided by the previous Veteran Affairs Canada Pension Act, or other provincial worker compensation programs throughout Canada.   Right now we are not treating our disabled soldiers equally to other workers “disabled on the job.”

As a new group of disabled soldiers from the Afghan war work themselves through the New Veterans Charter compensation processes, they are quickly realizing they are receiving far less than what was previously provided and less than what other Canadian workers would receive for the same disability.   In fact, a 2011 Queen’s University study confirmed Canadian soldiers will only receive two thirds of the disability compensation under the New Veterans Charter compared to the previous Pension Act, given a maximum disability package .

It further appears that disabled reserve soldiers and partially disabled soldiers will receive even less, sometimes only 10% of what other provincial worker compensation programs would provide.

Although the New Veterans Charter was brought in to improve life for disabled soldiers, it has become clear that this Act is a negative for disabled soldiers and needs to be fixed.  As the result of the New Veterans Charter, many disabled soldiers are in dire circumstances and their stories are heart wrenching.  Therefore, either, the government must fix the New Veterans Charter immediately, or the soldiers themselves must ask the courts to provide a remedy to this situation.

The Solution:  Injured soldiers should receive disability benefits which are similar to other federal and provincial government employees. All Canadians should support this concept and support our disabled soldiers until this objective is achieved.

The Way Forward:  We need to support our disabled soldiers:  Firstly, we need to lobby our government to provide disabled Canadian soldiers the same level of benefits that the average Canadian worker receives.  Secondly, we need to support those disabled Canadian soldiers who are engaging the national law firm, Miller Thomson, to take their issue before the courts in order to secure disability benefits similar to federal and provincial employees. Although, Miller Thomson is providing pro bono legal services, the soldiers’ court disbursement costs need to be covered and paid now.  Lastly, we all must support programs that help restore our disabled soldiers to their maximum ability to generate a livable income.

Equitas Society Assistance:  In 2011, a group of concerned Canadians formed the Equitas Disabled Soldiers Funding Society (Equitas Society – meaning ”Equality”), incorporated pursuant to the Laws of British Columbia, in order to provide these services to our disabled soldiers.

a)    To raise the awareness of this very important issue so that the public will insist and the government will fix the problem of reduced disability benefits provided to our disabled Canadian soldiers as result of the 2006 New Veterans Charter,

b)    To raise the funds necessary to pay for the legal disbursement costs of the disabled soldiers who have retained the law firm Miller Thomson to address their reduced disability benefits in the courts,

c)    To raise funds for programs that support our disabled soldiers as they await a remedy to their reduced disability benefits that create, in many cases, a real difficulty to obtain the necessary income to fiscally support themselves and their families.

Web Page: http://equitassociety.ca/?page_id=5

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Equitas-Society/244969555566649?ref=ts
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