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Vigil for Veterans - Thursday, November 8th, Parliament Hill, 1330 hours.

IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION! There has been a change in the timings due to conflict of interest issues for those wishing to attend/speak but have committed to local Remembrance Day events over the course of the R-Day weekend. Equally important for our objectives, Parliament will be sitting on Thursday and there will be an opportunity for attending veterans to speak to supportive Canadians and parliamentarians about the consequences of the New Veterans Charter and request their support for substantive reforms. The Budget Day/ D-Day Vigil format proved very successful and we shall follow the same principles by meeting beside the National War Memorial at the park benches near the Wellington and Elgin intersection between 1230-1315 and then move in an orderly fashion to front of the Peace Tower in time to meet the with parliamentarians prior to Question Period. There will be brief speeches followed by a special tribute rendition of Oh Canada wherein we shall, together, sing in honour of Canada’s sons and daughters who have suffered the consequences of war and peace in our name.

On this day, we pay tribute to the living, to those who came home forever changed by war and forced to adapt to a new way of living for the rest of their lives. On this day, we pay tribute to the mothers and fathers who sent their children to war. On this day, we sing for the widows who have sacrificed their most treasured love, on this day, we sing for those who stood on guard for thee.

Lest we Forget.

To that end, we are looking for a professional singer to lead us and if you have had the dream, or know someone that does, of singing the National Anthem on Parliament Hill in front of a national audience, this may be your opportunity. Be advised that there will be documentary crews on site and that the event will be heavily promoted on our internet utube network. I am also confident that there will be substantial media representation, if you have a story, if you want to talk to somebody, this is your opportunity.

Veterans and their families living in the Ottawa region and beyond are encouraged to step up. Your attendance in these events is crucial to mission success on a variety of levels. And as always, bear in mind that the reforms the Canadians Veterans Advocacy are fighting for can only be attained through legislative change. We must adapt to the changing political situation, it is vital, regardless of personal political convictions, to attain the support of all parties, particularly if we fail to convince the current government prior to the next election and are potentially confronted with another minority government.

We cannot abandon this generation of Canada’s sons and daughters as has our government, not when they have sacrificed so much in this nation’s name. We cannot not allow a national system to exist that compensates one veteran of catastrophic injuries with a lifetime award for pain and suffering and another, who sustained the very same horrific injuries in war, with a Chump Sum Award and a lifetime of uncertainty.

We must think of the mothers, father, sons and daughter who have sacrificed their loved ones bodies and minds to a war few understand or support. We must think of the widows and the substandard level of respect they have been accorded through the New Veterans Charter. We must think about the broken promises about reform of the Veterans Review and Appeal Board, or the one made to the wounded at the height of the combat mission by General Hillier about retention within the Canadian Forces for those who have suffered serious, limb taking wounds yet are still capable of fulfilling a role within the military. We must think of the many who are struggling with inadequate mental health care, the suicides, the homeless veterans… and then my friends, take a deep breath and think, how would you feel if it was one of your son’s, one of your daughters.

We need your voice! We need your support, if you can make it to Ottawa, your presence will make a profound difference in our quest for justice.

After the Vigil, we are also inviting veterans to join us in the galleries for Question Period during the last session prior to Remembrance Day. The CVA believes it is important that parliamentarians see our presence and understand that we, as a veterans community united under principle, have expectations for their support at all levels, particularly with degree of fatalities, mental and physical injuries that will forever enshrine this nation’s commitment to the Afghanistan War once the last Canadian soldier leaves in 2014.

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« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2012, 04:52:11 PM »
Situation report. October 17, 2012

Be advised that the Canadian Veterans Advocacy has been engaged on a variety of levels with Veterans Affairs Canada, the Department of National Defense, Minister Blaney’s 0ffice and parliamentarians from both opposition parties.  There has also been substantial dialog with Wayne Johnson of Wounded Warriors re mental heath, Richard Blackwolf, Canadians Aboriginal Veterans and Serving members Association, Yvan Thauvette, president, Union of Veterans Affairs Employees and the presidents of a recently formed alliance between the Canadian Veterans Advocacy, CAVUNP, the Canadian Peacekeeping Veterans Association and the NATO Veterans Association. 

Canadians Veterans Alliance. Last month, the presidents/ reps from four stakeholder veterans organizations met in Ottawa at the National War Museum to discuss issues that are common to our organizations advocacy mandates and form a united front wherein our message would be heard, not ignored, by the government. Although preliminary, certain issues were identified, including the Lump Sum Award, the Widows, VIP and reform to the Veterans Review and Appeal Board. The LSA and Widows were proposed by the CVA and I am very pleased to note that, after discussions, they were universally accepted. I am hopeful that CVA supporters will see this as a positive step forward and understand these issues are of a priority nature and alliances at the stakeholder level allows us to engage collectively on very important subjects.  More to follow as the situation develops.

Vigil for Veterans - Thursday, November 8th, Parliament Hill, 1330 hours.

IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION! There has been a change in the timings due to conflict of interest issues for those wishing to attend/speak but have committed to local Remembrance Day events over the course of the R-Day weekend. Equally important for our objectives, Parliament will be sitting on Thursday and there will be an opportunity for attending veterans to speak to supportive Canadians and parliamentarians about the consequences of the New Veterans Charter and request their support for substantive reforms. The Budget Day/ D-Day Vigil format proved very successful and we shall follow the same principles by meeting beside the National War Memorial at the park benches near the Wellington and Elgin intersection between 1230-1315 and then move in an orderly fashion to front of the Peace Tower in time to meet the with parliamentarians prior to Question Period. There will be brief speeches followed by a special tribute rendition of Oh Canada wherein we shall, together, sing in honour of Canada’s sons and daughters who have suffered the consequences of war and peace in our name.

On this day, we pay tribute to the living, to those who came home forever changed by war and forced to adapt to a new way of living for the rest of their lives. On this day, we pay tribute to the mothers and fathers who sent their children to war. On this day, we sing for the widows who have sacrificed their most treasured love, on this day, we sing for those who stood on guard for thee.

Lest we Forget.


To that end, we are looking for a professional singer to lead us and if you have had the dream, or know someone that does, of singing the National Anthem on Parliament Hill in front of a national audience, this may be your opportunity.  Be advised that there will be documentary crews on site and that the event will be heavily promoted on our internet utube network. I am also confident that there will be substantial media representation, if you have a story, if you want to talk to somebody, this is your opportunity.

Veterans and their families living in the Ottawa region and beyond are encouraged to step up. Your attendance in these events is crucial to mission success on a variety of levels.  And as always, bear in mind that the reforms the Canadians Veterans Advocacy are fighting for can only be attained through legislative change. We must adapt to the changing political situation, it is vital, regardless of personal political convictions, to attain the support of all parties, particularly if we fail to convince the current government prior to the next election and are potentially confronted with another minority government.

We cannot abandon this generation of Canada’s sons and daughters as has our government has, not when they have sacrificed so much in this nation’s name.  We cannot not allow a national system to exist that compensates one veteran of catastrophic injuries with a lifetime award for pain and suffering and another, who sustained the very same horrific injuries in war, with a Chump Sum Award and a lifetime of uncertainty.

We must think of the mothers, father, sons and daughter who have sacrificed their loved ones bodies and minds to a war few understand or support. We must think of the widows and the substandard level of respect they have been accorded through the New Veterans Charter. We must think about the broken promises about reform of the Veterans Review and Appeal Board, or the one made to the wounded at the height of the combat mission by General Hillier  about retention within the Canadian Forces for those who have suffered serious, limb taking wounds yet are still capable of fulfilling a role within the military. We must think of the many who are struggling with inadequate mental health care, the suicides, the homeless veterans… and then my friends, take a deep breath and think, how would you feel if it was one of your son’s, one of your daughters.

We need your voice! We need your support, if you can make it to Ottawa, your presence will make a profound difference in our quest for justice.

After the Vigil, we are also inviting veterans to join us in the galleries for Question Period during the last session prior to Remembrance Day. The CVA believes it is important that parliamentarians see our presence and understand that we, as a veterans community united under principle, have expectations for their support at all levels, particularly with degree of fatalities, mental and physical injuries that will forever enshrine this nation’s commitment to the Afghanistan War once the last Canadian soldier leaves in 2014.

Ardent Dignity. I would have CVA supporters understand that this is a long term operation and this November’s actions are preliminary based and focused on message. Accordingly, we are encouraging CVA supporters to engage in an awareness program in your communities during the Remembrance period.  The fact that Remembrance Day falls on a Sunday this year will, hopefully, increase service attendance in your communities and provide an opportunity to speak with your mayor, local legion and veterans’ association presidents about the need of preparing a Wounded Warrior Task Force capable of welcoming and assisting the wounded and their families once they are repatriated to our cities and towns.

There has been a very good response to date although, with such a vast nation and an unexpected level of apathy, it is clear that we have our work to.
 
What can you do? Communicate!!!!! It is that easy. Talk to your friends, reach out to your mayor and council, your local veterans associations asking for their help and leadership. When the opportunity arises, talk to your friends and family and solicit their support by sending our information to their friends. We are a grassroots organization, our ability to succeed in quests such as this is based on our ability to motivate Canadians to embrace our wounded warriors and disabled veterans and assure their quality of life once they return to our communities. We have time, there is a grace period of up to three years once the veterans is deemed incapable of passing the Universality of service standards. All things start with one step….

Veterans Affairs Canada Stakeholders meeting.
The situation at VAC has changed significantly with changes from the Deputy Minister level down. Our Liaison officer these past two years has also been moved and I would take this moment to thank KM for the amazing degree of support she provided in assisting veterans with special needs and reference to ensuring we had accurate information about policies, clarifying so many issues and, most importantly, being patient and demonstrating true compassion to our veterans.

LGen Walter Semianiw will take command over the Stakeholders outreach programs. The general is still serving, I have spoken with him a couple of times but, frankly, am still in the assessment mode. There has been contact about the next meeting, however, I am very uncomfortable with the situation as it currently stands. At this point of time, the government is unwilling to provide a status report about the resolutions the stakeholders unanimously passed during the last session. Be advised that these resolutions were the culmination of five years of consultation and great public expense. I have asked repeatedly for the situation to be the first item on the agenda to no avail. The alliance members have pledged support and hopefully the remainder of the stakeholders will remain unified.

We shall see.

Remembrance Week schedule.

Nov 3rd - Legion House – National Consultations
Nov 4th – Meeting, President, UVAE
Nov 5th – Meetings MPs, Senate Remembrance ceremony, candlelight ceremony 
Nov 6th – meetings DND Mental Health/ Speaker, fund raiser, Cornwall Airforce Club.
Nov 7th – meetings am, media re Vigil, rest
Nov 8th – National Press Conference, 1100 hrs. Vigil for Veterans 1330. Jubilee presentations, Question Period. Reception in PM.
Nov 9th. - Meetings am, Rest
Nov 10, - Meetings, tour National War Museum. 
Nov 11 – National Memorial Service depending on pain levels, will either spend the night or return to Niagara Sunday evening.

Fundraising. I feel it is very important that those veterans who support our activities through financial donations see that there money is well spent and understand Sylvain and I are very prudent when we are in Ottawa. Once again, the CVA command post will be set up at the Econolodge on Rideau. This is not exactly the Hilton, in fact, it is on the other end of the spectrum. But it has free breakfast, internet and parking. The only other expenses are the gas, car and depending on what is cheapest for the task at hand, parking or a cab. Be advised that Sylvain and I pay for all of our own food, refreshments and incidentals and that our time is volunteer based. Be also advised that we are both seriously disabled and only ask for donations to support costs that we cannot afford on our pensions. We could use some help now as we will be spending nine days in Ottawa and the trip will undoubtedly leave myself and Sylvain absorbing additional costs. You can donate to the CVA warchest at our national website through a variety of venues.

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Consultation issues.
Several issues are surfacing that I need your feedback on. 
WW2 veterans – long term care, I have received several complaints from children who are having difficulty finding LTC facilities for veterans who served in WW2. If this is happening to you, please send me a brief description of the situation and the time /place you parent served.
Case Managers – Has your CM changed or position been eliminated with no replacement being provided?

Call in centres. Problems?

My VAC.  Problems?

Closing of offices? Problems?



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Meet Cpl Bill Kerr, triple amputee, Afghanistan
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2012, 07:32:52 AM »
Vigil for Wounded veterans.... NOV 8, 1330, 2012, PARLIAMENT HILL

Meet Cpl Bill Kerr, triple amputee, Afghanistan.

Tarcy Kerr, her mom and the producer of this documentary will be joining us on the Parliament Hill NOV 8th at 1330 to stand up for Canada's sons and daughters who have sacrificed so much in ASran yet have been abandoned by the Harper Government? when they have returned forever affected by war.

Stand up for Canada's troops, add your voice to ours.

One veteran, One standard



[youtube]http://youtu.be/a8Jai_19N3U[/youtube]

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Vigil for Veterans - Thursday, November 8th, Parliament Hill, 1330 hours.
« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2012, 08:43:59 AM »
We are ten days out from the next vigil on Nov 8th and the countdown has begun.

If you can't be there, send an email to your MP this week and when he is on the ground in two weeks for R Day, step up and give him a piece of your mind.

In case you forgot

 http://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=693830

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Canadian Politicians Pay Lip Service To Veterans NVC Cheats Vets and Famillies
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2012, 01:47:47 PM »
Canadian Politicians Pay Lip Service To Veterans ? New Veteran Charter Cheats Vets and Their Families

John Labelle, a veterans advocate, has written Defence Watch the following:



The Queen?s U report clearly revealed that the New Veterans Charter seriously short change the financial position of our disable Veterans. It is unacceptable that the Conservative party …


Source: Canadian Politicians Pay Lip Service To Veterans ? New Veteran Charter Cheats Vets and Their Families

John Labelle, a veterans advocate, has written Defence Watch the following:

 

The Queen’s U report clearly revealed that the New Veterans Charter seriously short change the financial position of our disable Veterans. It is unacceptable that the Conservative party continues to implement the flawed New Veteran Charter that cheats Veterans and their Families of a proper lifetime disability pension.
During Remembrance week Members of Parliament will take every photo opportunities to acknowledge our fallen Heroes. They will also praise Military/RCMP Veterans for their dedication, devotion and service to their Country Canada. Unfortunately when disabled Veterans return home they will see their financial benefits cut off and they will feel abandon by the same Government they have served so gallantly.
The New Veterans Charter provides a lump sum payment that terminate the following benefits to Veterans and their Families:
-         A monthly disability tax free pension;
-         A monthly allowance paid under the Pension Act;
-         Survivor’s pension;
-         War Veterans allowance, and
-         Closure of Veterans Hospital wings and beds.
It is repugnant that a majority elected Conservative party continues to allow the deterioration of Military/RCMP Veterans benefits while it depletes billions of dollars surplus from their Annuity account and then clawback their Annuity at age 65. When will this Government fulfill its responsibility and treat Military/RCMP Veterans with the financial dignity they have earned and paid for in so many different ways?
The Government of Canada should take into consideration that we live in a free Country today because some Veterans shed some blood, some did not return, all were prepared to give the ultimate sacrifice and some Families gave it their all.

Veterans can’t wait to hear: “Your call is important to us! Please stay on the line, and a representative will be with you shortly”

We shall remember them!

Sincerely,

John Labelle
Veteran Advocate

Claxton Report: http://www.scribd.com/doc/82561710/Queen-s-Claxton-Report-on-NVC-Claxton13

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CVA situation report – Ottawa – November 4, 2012
« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2012, 10:21:23 PM »
CVA situation report – Ottawa – November 4, 2012 area

Royal Canadian Legion's Consultation Meeting. As you know, I was invited to participate in the annual consultation meetings and Legion House in Ottawa Ontario on November 3. Be advised there were over 20 national veterans organizations presidents present including trapper cane of the CAV, which was very encouraging indeed to note. The major issues confronting veterans were discussed. During the roundtable discussions, the CVA position on the VRAB, VIP and most importantly, the state of the Lump Sum Award. We aregued,. To some success, that veterans involved in the class action lawsuit against the government overt the Lump Sum Award, the expectations they have are clearly defined within the lawsuit and it was THEIR needs that we, as the president’s of national veterans organizations, are obligated to respond to.

The status of the resolutions that were unanimously passed by the national veterans stakeholders were also discussed, particularly in light of the government's ongoing refusal to address these issues during the next stakeholders meeting in late November – early December. I am pleased to note that consensus was attained and that a formal letter will be originated by the Dominion Command of the Royal Canadian Legion and will be endorsed by the CVA and the presidents of the many veterans organizations that were present.

The department/ministry will be informed in direct terms of our expectations for the resolutions that the stakeholders unified to propose during the last stakeholders meeting. These resolutions are very important in the sense they are the culmination of many years work, three advisory committees and the expense of tens, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars. Within these resolutions, there are mechanisms in place that would address many of the issues that the Canadian Veterans Advocacy was founded to champion and as such, I would request your full support on these issues, particularly if we must enter a proactive level of engagement should the government refuse to address this issue in good faith.

CVA director Sylvain Chartrand and myself attended a working dinner with Union of Veterans Affairs Employees President Yvan Thauvette to discuss the many issues that are confronting our veterans as a consequence of the recent austerity cuts and the government's pension to outsource labor that was once conducted by Veterans Affairs Canada Employees. Mr. Tahuvette will be speaking to these issues at our national press conference on November 8, 2012 at 11 a.m. on Parliament Hill. Also met with Memorial Cross Mother Jaqueline Girouard to discuss the press conference where she will be speaking on behalf of the Afghanistan War widows and those who have been adversely affected by the new veterans charter inadequate provisions.
The plan for tomorrow. We have been invited to attend the Senate / Parliamentarian Remembrance Memorial services on Parliament Hill at 1000 hrs. It is our home to engage as many MPs and Senators as possible. Later in the afternoon, we shall be meeting Sen. Percy Downe in his office to discuss the issues that are for most of veterans concern. Sen. Downe has been an outspoken champion of our veterans and I am encouraged that he would deign to meet with us under such short notice. Later in the evening we have accepted Minister for Veterans Affairs Steven Blaney's invitation to attend the candlelight Memorial service conducted on behalf of the city of Ottawa. While these are social events, there will be ample opportunity to engage at a variety of levels.

Be advised that the national press conference guest speakers have been confirmed – Thursday Nov 8th, 1100 hrs, Parliament Hill

Once again, I would thank you for your ongoing support. Our voice is being heard, without the support of your financial, moral and consultation efforts this simply would not be possible. We are very grateful.



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« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2012, 01:26:31 AM »
Situation report. Frigging burned out, started at 8 this morning and just finished up an hour ago. Attended senate/parliament memorial service in senate chambers. Spoke with Senator Wallin, Christopher Alexander, the presidents of several veterans organizations, Sean Casey, Laurie Hawn. Did TV and radio interviews re burial fund.

Meeting with MP Peter Stoffer re Press conference.

Question period, Opposition gallery to witness questions posed to Minister Blaney. As always, it was as enjoyable as a prostate check. Just once,k i would like to be in the House and actually observe a frigging question be answered.

Meeting, Senator Percy Downe. Richard balckwo0lf and Jerry Kovacs, ANAVETS, tagged along with Sylvain and myself and it was very interesting hour.

Candlelight ceremony was very nice, had a good conversation with Trapper cane and many veterans about the VIP and other recent announcements. Also had good conversation with S Blaney that will hopefully6 lead to a meeting this week. to discuss the issues. 
 
We have just discovered that the House will be on Friday Routine Thursday, which has jeopardized our pans for the rally as a majority of the MPs will have already returned to the riding. This is very unfortunate as we have attained great support from many MPs and I am sure the presentation of a message of support for our wounded and disabled veterans and a rendition of  Oh Canada in their names would have been extraordinary.
 
Cest le vive., As always, we will adapt and overcome. The press conference has been changed to Nine AM Thursday Morning and we are encouraging all veterans in the area who might wish to speak to a reporter about their treatment to join us in front of the Peace Tower at 0830 hours.

Speakers.   

Tracy Kerr, her mom and Brian Burford, a student producer of A Soldiers Story. Memorial Cross Widow Jacqueline Girouard, widows issues
Memorial Cross Widow Joan Larocque - Her seven year fight fir jusrtice
Dave Desjardins  veterans employment issues
Yvan Thauvette President Union of veterans affairs Employees.
Michael L Blais  lump Sump award, broken promises, VRAB, ect ect ect...

Attention veterans in areas affected by district offices closures. If you disagree with this policy, it is important that you contact the veterans ombudsman and file a complaint. The OVO's office deals in facts, ie, actual complaints and if you do not complain to his office, as far as a department is concerned, their position is validated.

You can make a difference.

I was contacted by a child of a veterans at Sunnybrook Hospital this evening and was appalled at what I was told. I understand that for many, the care is very good and i am happy for them, however, there are issues of care that are surfacing for those suffering dementia and I would respectfully request that any one who has a loved one at Sunnybrook and you do not feel that are being accorded the appropriate care, to contact me through the Advocacy website. Or any other facility for that matter. During the past couple of months I have received complaints from across the nation about veterans in their late eighties and nineties and frankly it pisses me off! 

Our duty is clear, it shall be done. 

Routine tomorrow is established, will be attending MPs memorial service at War Museum in Morning then at 1400, heading to Cornwall to speak at a Friends of Veterans fund raiser and to meet with as many veterans as possible in the time allotted. Richard Blackwolf and  Peter Stoffer will be joining us for the engagement.

Wednesday afternoon has been booked by CBC Radio from 1-4, a cross country syndication with twenty minutes in each time zone.

Time to go to ground, for those who wrote me emails today, and there were many, I apologize that I will not be able to get back to you until Tomorrow earliest, cept for the urgent ones. There is much going on and time is precious.

Mike/sylvain  - Ottawa

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Government turns its back on Afghan vets: advocacy group
« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2012, 10:59:42 PM »
Government turns its back on Afghan vets: advocacy group

By CHRIS COBB, Ottawa Citizen November 8, 2012 10:17 PM

Read more: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/life/Government+turns+back+Afghan+vets+advocacy+group/7518414/story.html#ixzz2Bh7dbLdv


Tracy Kerr, whose husband William is now a triple amputee following a tour in Afghanistan, begins to tear up when talking about her husband’s lack of access to equipment to help him get around.
Photograph by: JULIE OLIVER , OTTAWA CITIZEN

OTTAWA — The federal government has abandoned physically and mentally wounded Afghan veterans and their families to “a substandard life, substandard compensation and pain and toil,” a veterans’ advocacy group charged Thursday.

At a news conference ahead of Remembrance Day, families of disabled veterans told of their struggles to get even basic met by Veterans Affairs Canada — a situation that is predicted to get significantly worse for thousands of veterans if the Conservative government goes ahead with deep cuts to the department.

“This is the reality of the situation,” said Canadian Veterans Advocacy president Michael Blais, “not the sound bite you get from the government. Our government, through failing in their sacred obligation, has abandoned disabled veterans and their families to a substandard life, substandard compensation and pain and toil.”

There should be only one standard of care for all veterans, added Blais.

“They are seeking justice,” he said. “They don’t want any more than those who served at Juno Beach or Dieppe or Vimy and everywhere this nation committed blood, sacrifice and toil in our name. There is only one standard they deserve — a lifetime commitment from this nation of compensation for their pain and suffering. They deserve to be treated with the same damn level of respect we have accorded veterans in this nation since its conception.”

NDP Veterans Affairs critic Peter Stoffer urged the government to re-think its cuts to Veterans Affairs, which, proportionately, is being cut more than any other government department.

“We owe an obligation to these people,” he said. “Remembrance Day for those who served and their families is every day, not just Nov 11.”

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Afghan vets and widows of fallen ‘abandoned’ by government, claims group
« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2012, 07:25:12 PM »
Afghan vets and widows of fallen ‘abandoned’ by government, claims group

By CHRIS COBB, The Ottawa Citizen November 10, 2012

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OTTAWA — The federal government has abandoned its “sacred obligation” to physically and mentally wounded Afghan veterans and their families and condemned them to substandard lives, a veterans’ advocacy group charged Thursday.

“We are proud to have served our country,” 42-year-old disabled veteran David Desjardins told a news conference, “no one has the right to portray us as a burden on society.”

Desjardins, who has been unable to find work since being medically discharged from the Canadian Forces two years ago, said it is hypocritical of federal government ministers and military leaders to heap praise on veterans on Remembrance Day “when they have clearly turned their backs on us and continue to demonstrate this on a daily basis.”

The former military police officer — a veteran of Bosnia and Afghanistan — said he has applied for numerous jobs both in government and the private sector but says interviewers invariably focus on his inability to walk.

“I’m tired of interviews focusing on what I can’t do rather than what I can do,” said Desjardins whose 18-year-old son recently joined the military. “People, especially veterans, are not defined by our disabilities. We are hard wired to overcome adversity, adapt and carry on.”

Desjardins was one of several people at a Parliament Hill news conference describing their struggles to get even basic needs met by Veterans Affairs Canada — a situation predicted to significantly worsen for thousands of veterans if the Conservative government goes ahead with deep cuts to the department.

“This is the reality of the situation, not the sound bite you get from the government,” said Canadian Veterans Advocacy president Michael Blais, “Our government has abandoned these disabled veterans and their families to a substandard life, substandard compensation and pain and toil. These veterans deserve to be treated with the same damn level of respect that we have accorded veterans in this nation since its conception.”

Memorial Cross widow Jacqueline Girouard, whose husband Robert was killed by a Taliban suicide bomber during the bloody Operation Medusa in November 2006, said many war widows and their families are struggling.

“We didn’t do this out of choice but out of the necessity to survive,” she said. “My loss and my children’s loss was forced upon us by a war that took away from us the only person we had come to rely on.

“I don’t know who makes (government) policies,” she said, addressing the federal government. “But I can tell you it is not people who have experienced the loss of a husband or father who was taken by a war that we have yet to fully understand as a nation. “I’m not here to accuse,” she added, “because I know the faces behind Veterans Affairs have a heart. But I also know they are held captive by their own policies — policies that require the support of a nation to change.”

Girouard said Veterans Affairs gave her two years to decide whether to continue her education — an example, she added, of policies that often fail to take into account the emotional state of families.

“For three years,” she said, “I did not want to live. I was numb. I was with my husband for 31 years, since I was 15. He would be sad to know that I was left alone to take care of myself because he went and did what he thought was right. How can you allow our loved ones go fight for this country believing that you will help protect their wives and children if something happens?

“You use the fallen to benefit your cause,” she added, “but what do you give in return? (My husband’s) heart that I loved so much has stopped beating; his laughing voice I will never hear again … his eyes that I sought comfort in; his ears that will never hear the sound of his grandchildren calling his name. You couldn’t pay me, my children or my grandchildren enough to replace what you have taken away but you can help me meet their expectations.”

Girouard urged the federal government to be more responsive to widows and their children.

“Help these ladies when they ask because if they didn’t need help they wouldn’t ask,” she said. “Never forget they seek independence but never forget they have pride and loyalty. We want to be strong but sometimes you just need help.

Tracy Kerr, whose triple amputee husband William lost his limbs two years ago in an IED explosion, told reporters that even the most basic requests to Veterans Affairs get bogged down in paper work.“We make requests but they end up on desks waiting for signatures and approvals,” she said. “We’re waiting for a front door that would give him an entrance and exit but it still hasn’t been approved. Approval after approval … we’re waiting.”

NDP Veterans Affairs critic Peter Stoffer urged the government to re-think its cuts to Veterans Affairs which, he said, is being cut proportionately more than any other federal department.

“This is a man who sacrificed his limbs for this country,” said Stoffer. “You’d think the government would say ‘whatever it takes we’ll help you. We’ll do it now and fill out the paper work later. But no. Years later they’re still waiting.”

(Kerr’s family-made documentary “A Soldier’s Family’ is on YouTube).

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CVA Situation Report. Post Remembrance Week Operation.
« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2012, 12:33:55 AM »
CVA Situation Report.

Post Remembrance Week Operation.

My apologies for the delay, I have had significant pain issues since returning to Niagara and there have been pressing issues in reference to Sunnybrook Hospital and the ongoing fight to reform the Last Post Burial Fund’s criteria and level of fiscal support.
Summary of activities

Saturday Nov 3rd, 2012 – Invited to annual Legion House consultation meetings along with over 20 other presidents/representatives of national veterans organizations. It was a very productive meeting and the major issues were discussed, including the opportunity to unite behind the wounded warriors who have banded together in order to seek One Veteran, One Standard justice through a class-action lawsuit in reference to the lump sum award.

Be advised the Canadian Veterans Advocacy is fully committed to these valiant young men/women and  during the round table discussions, spoke to the need for all national veterans organizations to unify behind their quest. They, those who have suffered the consequences of war, do not serve us. We, the veterans of this nation, serve them them! Now that they have spoken, now that they have united under principle and law, it is our sacred duty as veterans to stand behind them and champion the initiatives they have advanced through the lawsuit before the British Columbia Supreme Court.

I am very pleased to announce their was majority support in principle for this issue and equally important, the need to stand unified in demanding that the government address the resolutions the formal stakeholders united to pass during the Feb Stakeholders meeting and a letter, supported by a majority of the attendants, was dispatched to Minister Blaney.

Sunday, November 4. CVA Director Sylvain Chartrand and myself joined Yvan Thauvette, president of the Union of Veterans Affairs Employees for a working dinner. The CVA has demonstrated grave concerns about the adversarial impact the austerity based cuts are dictating on the Quality of Service/Care standards for our veterans. Many veterans have expressed concerns about the closure of district offices or their encounters with contracted entities such as the private company or Service Canada fielding many calls.

I would note that veterans are coming forward identifying issues wherein there has been an adversarial impact on the services they have been provided.  I would encourage you to forward any concerns that you might have to me direct as it is my intent to address these issues at Veterans Affairs Canada stakeholders meeting on December 6, which will be held in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
There is something else you can do in the meantime. If you live in one of the service-withdrawal areas and you wish to register a complaint about your district office closing, please send a email/ letter or telephone call the Office of the Veterans Ombudsman to formally register a complaint. Please ensure to cc us or send us a note that you have acted on this submission so that we might track the response. There is only one effective medium to ensure your dissatisfaction is recorded and acted upon, contact Veterans Ombudsman Parent and register a formal complaint.

Special kudos to those in Sydney NS who protested, I suggest that their leadership on this issue should be an example to all!

Monday, November 5 – Memorable day. Directors Chartrand and myself represented the Canadian Veterans Advocacy during the joint Senate – Parliamentarian remembrance service in the Senate chambers. As is our custom, we were one of the first veterans groups to arrive and as such there was ample opportunity to speak to veterans, serving members, members of the media, Members of Parliament and Senators that were present. I was particularly pleased to speak with Christopher Alexander, parliamentary secretary for the Department of National Defense Committee and Sen. Pamela Wallin, Senate Committee – VAC.

Perhaps equally important, there was time to speak to other stakeholder presidents about the way forward now that the stakeholder meetings date has been confirmed. There is consensus on the need for a briefing on the proposed resolutions and I am hoping that we might continue to generate pressure for the department/ministry to address, not dismiss, this most import resolutions.

1400 – Question Period… Thanks to the leader of the Loyal Opposition for providing excellent seats and to Peter Stoffer, Sylvain Chicoine and Sean Casey for posing questions to Minister Blaney while we were present to observe. I must say, the minister was quite animated in his response, had he only answered the question instead of blaming the liberals for something done in another era…
1900  - City of Ottawa Candlelight Remembrance Ceremony. Centrepoint Theatre. Sylvain and I were joined by Jerry Kovacs, ANAVETS and Richard Blackwolf, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Metis Nation of Canada. Great entertainment, great attendance, several opportunities to speak with many veterans of many eras, DM Chaput and Minister Blaney.

Tuesday Nov 4th.

0900 hrs. National War Memorial. Paraded at Senate-Member’s of Parliament Memorial Service.  Spoke with Eve Adams, Parliamentary Secretary for Minister Blaney then General, now senator Romeo Dallaire about mutual concerns on a variety of levels. Very encouraging.

1200  Participated in a Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal presentation to Scott Taylor and was fortunate to have my regimental brothers General Peter Devlin and Army CWO Mike Hornbrook present the medal on the CVA’s behalf. Global interview at the national war memorial followed.

Afternoon – Travelled to Cornwall, Ontario, to speak at a fundraiser for Friends of Veterans, a grassroots organization dedicated to providing support for veterans in Cornwall. Our special appreciation to Dr Kaley, Denis and Steven for making myself, Richard, Sylvain and Peter Stoffer, who was also invited, feel so welcome.

Wednesday. AM Sylvain and I met with Colonel Michel Drapeau at his office, discussed mutual concerns and formed an alliance inclusive of legal advice/support. While Mssr Drapeau is not always in a position to provide pro bono services, his experience in military related litigation cannot be ignored. That being said, if you are going to pay for justice, I would certainly encourage you to turn to someone that understands your plight and is capable of acting in and proficient manner on your behalf.

PM – CBC cross country syndicated radio all afternoon, several cities. Media, press conference organization, meetings with principles. Spent evening resting and preparing for Thursday’s press conference, couple of media interviews 
Thursday 8 Nov.
0900 Press conference. Parliament Hill. Our profound gratitude to Tracy Kerr, Joan Larocque, Jacqueline Girouard, Dave Desjardins, Yvan Thauvette for demonstrating great courage and speaking out to the
issues confronting caregivers of the seriously wounded, our memorial cross widows and their families, those who are disabled and seeking gainful employment and the continuing state of decline of veterans services as a consequence of the government’s austerity plans. I am pleased to note that all the major media organizations were present and the operation played a significant role in our week long mission to draw public attention to the disrespectful manner in which our wounded warriors have been treated by the New Veterans Charter.

Good follow up press including a Radio Canada International Interview at war memorial that was possessive of a potential to reach out to a much wider, even global audience. Also engaged media on the Last Post Burial Fund and the evolving situation at Sunnybrook Hospital.

Friday – Significant pain issues, remained in motel all day, fielded several reporters calls and did a couple of am radio shows via telephone. Appeared on CTV Power Play with Tom Hoppe shortly after 5 pm, great interview, great to be on with Tom and speak with him later on the telephone. Attended Aboriginal Veterans celebration later with Richard Blackwolf, met many veterans of all eras and thoroughly enjoyed the ceremony.

Saturday, 10 Nov.
Up early, met Richard and Jerry Kovacs at from the ANAVETS and drove to Trenton. Arrived early, met mayor on site, then moved to Tim’s where Trapper Cane and the CAV were RVing. Great to speak to Trapper and so many dedicated men and women who rode in as it was a chilly November morn. Great to meet Denise, Jean, Coor, Brian, Don and many, many others who came forward to say hello and offer their support. Also nice to talk to General Vance, Colonel of the Regiment RCR Joe Aitcheson, General Thompson, CSOR and Retired General Lewis Mackenzie, who spoke about the Lump Sum Award the day before on CTV.

The ceremony was very well done and those who were responsible truly did an exemplary job for the families and those of us who have lost brothers and sisters in arms in Afghanistan and have lined the bridges or stood vigil at the coroner’s office in Toronto far too many times. Returned to Ottawa, forced rest, meds, heat, shower, City hall for the Korean Veterans ceremony at 1900. Met many new friends and re-established friendships with those met at earlier Korean War tributes or parades held throughout the year. Laid a wreath on behalf of the CVA in respect of Korean fallen. Met Korean Ambassador and thanked  him for his nation’s compassion and dedication to remembering the 516 Canadian valiant who fell at Kapyong, Chai – Li, Hills 355, 187, The Hook, Little Gibraltar… Lest we Forget!

Remembrance Day. Be advised that the CVA respects the solemnity of this day and that no advocacy operations were condoned or conducted at the national level. There were many media opportunities denied or deferred to other veterans. I have friends amongst the Afghan fallen and those who died during other eras, on this day, we focus on their sacrifice and so it was. Great ceremony at the National War Monument, great opportunity to speak with many veterans of all generations about their service and in the spirit of brothers and sisters in arms no longer at our sides but never forgotten.
Went for lunch at Chateau Laurier, great soup and conversations with many, many veterans who had borne witness to our efforts over Veterans Week to draw attention to veterans in need. Outstanding level of support, particularly from those who fought in Korea and WW2. Better stories and I am particularly grateful to Stan and Reg for enlightening me as to how it was aboard a frigate on the north sea, Gerry for sharing his experiences as a wireless gunner aboard a Lancaster over Germany and Jean Pierre, George, Gerry and the many others who bravely fought in Korea. I will never forget.

Visited War Museum then Armoury then returned to the National War Memorial to observe the crowd for an hour and reflect upon the many friends who I have served with that have been called to niner higher. Back gave out around three, had to return to Econolodge for forced rest and preparation for return to Niagara.

Strategic analysis. As always, the Canadian Veterans Advocacy operations are message driven, accordingly, success or failure can only be judged by the degree of outreach to the Canadian public we have mustered.
CVA Message delivery on all public communications and media forum was consistent, with coverage by all major TV broadcasters and many local affiliates across the nation. Newspaper and radio assets were also extraordinary and throughout the course of the week and several follow up opportunities the following days, we can reasonably assess that our message was delivered to over half of the voting population of this nation.
The Press Conference format was very successful and will be a common factor in all future operations. It is vital that your voice be heard, that the plight of veterans who are not being served resounds both within the House of Commons and across the nation. Only when we have attained the full support of the Canadian public will the government restore the Sacred Obligation. 
 

I would offer special thanks to Sylvain Chartrand, CVA director, for his unwavering support and dedication to the cause. Sylvain organized a very successful event at his local school on the 9th of November in addition to standing beside me in Ottawa during some very significant encounters. I would also thank Tom Hoppe and Harold Leduc for taking time to speak with me, to explain their stories, feelings on advocacy and how to attain unity of all veterans organizations under one message. Of course, I appreciate the advice that many others have offered, their names are many and I am, whether I agree or not, always grateful and eager to engage in consultation.

Future CVA Operations.

Sunnybrook.

Attended a special briefing at hospital Wed, 22 November and met with over a dozen residents at a round table setting with no staff present and full transparency. We spoke for an hour plus about their service and their lives at Sunnybrook. I truly enjoy speaking with this generation of veterans and today was no exception. Of course, they knew who I was, why I was there and were, not surprisingly, supportive of Sunnybrooks nurses and the care they were receiving. I assured them that the complaints that were brought forward were not related to their level of care, that we were sincere in ensuring that all veterans of their era were treated with dignity and respect. All in all, it was a very positive meeting and I was assured by the sincerity demonstrated by the residents and staff in response to my queries.

Had a brief walk about, was impressed with level of cleanliness and general well being of those who I encountered. Met with Benjamin Woodman, Minister Blaney's office and Charlotte Bastian and Krista Locke, who are representing VAC initiated audit of Sunnybrook, then attended the formal meeting which was more like an informational exercise designed to apprise the board of the context of the media reports and the results of various internal surveys compared to the Ontario/national averages.

Charlotte Bastian spoke on behalf of VAC and while the audit has been confirmed, details have yet to be defined. Once this has been clarified, the information will be provided. Then, and only then, will we be in a position to assess whether this is a sincere effort, which I do in fact hope, or another trip down the proverbial rabbit hole... All in all, a positive day.

Last Post Fund. Under pressure over the Remembrance week while abroad, Prime Minister Harper claimed the veterans’ program was under review. We shall see.
PRIVACY ISSUES – Minister Blaney’s recent decision to halt Ombudsman Parent’s investigations in the many privacy breaches at VAC, including Harold Leduc’s VRAB related transgressions, and turn the operation over to the Privacy commissioners raises great concerns about the legitimacy of the ombudsman’s office and the relationship between the minister’s office and the OVO. More to follow…
 
January – Ottawa – Jan 9th  Fynes MPCC Hearing -  summations. CVA supporters have done an outstanding job over the past several months in ensuring Mrs Fynes was not isolated during the hearings or alone while in Ottawa. Final summations will be conducted in January but I would take this opportunity to thank David, Giselle, Kelly, David, Dave and those of you in Ottawa or travelled to Ottawa to support this humanitarian effort throughout the course of the hearing. I would also thank those who have expressed their generosity to the CVA team while we are in Ottawa. We are very grateful and I can assure you, after so many trips over the past year, the relief you have provided was welcome.

Parliamentary Spring Session. 2013 Ottawa TBA - 4 day lobbying trip – objectives, speak to ALL Liberal leadership candidates and engage on the party’s potential policy on veterans. Reaffirm existing alliances and prepare for any operations re budget. There is an election looming, we must as an advocacy ensure that all parties are aware of our position, our expectations and support our mission for justice, the abolishment of the New Veterans Charter/Lump Sum Award and the restoration of the sacred obligation to those who have been wounded, the families of the fallen and those who have suffered from the modern consequences of war including PTSD and contaminant exposure – Exercise Vacuum, DU, Agent Orange,  Gulf War Syndrome…
I am pleased to announce that veterans advocate Tom Hoppe, aka Dances with Bullets, Medal of Bravery and Meritorious Service Cross recipient, has volunteered to join us in Ottawa and with Sylvain Chartrand and myself, will compose the vanguard of our political engagement team. Tom removed his medals this year for Remembrance Day as a symbolic gesture of protest in support of those who launched the Class Action suit and Harold Leduc, who was dismissed from the VRAB even though the charges he laid were proven before the Human Rights Commission. Tom Hoppe privacy was also violated multiple times.
 
Remember always, only legislative reforms passed through the House of Commons and the Senate will attain the objectives we seek. To affect this goal, we must convince as many MPs and senators as possible to support our mission. If there is an opportunity to speak of these issues over the Christmas break with your elected representative, please do so. Our voices can only be heard if they are spoken. 

God bless our nation, our troops at home and abroad as they serve in Harm’s Way, our wounded warriors, veterans and the families that have borne the sacred duty of caring for Canada’s disabled sons and daughters for their rest of their lives; God bless those whose loved ones never come home. Lest we Forget.


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SITUATION REPORT – ResF Injury Declaration to HRSDC
« Reply #10 on: November 26, 2012, 05:39:57 PM »
SITUATION REPORT – ResF Injury Declaration to HRSDC

BACKGROUND
Since 1993 ResF mbr are entitled to Workers Board Compensation. The process of declaring ResF injuries in relation to service has been established in

210.72(14) (Government Employees Compensation
Act) Where an officer or non-commissioned member is in receipt of compensation benefits for an injury, disease or illness under the Government Employees Compensation Act, compensation during a period of injury, disease or illness under this instruction shall not be granted for the same injury, disease or illness.

Unfortunately CO’s and MO’s have not declared ResF injuries in accordance to the GECA. For CO’s they have 3 days and MO’s 14 days to declare the injury.

A CANFORGEN and D Surg Gen Message was published in Feb 2012 after a long battle with the CF. Unfortunately, CO’s and MO’s are not complying with these directives, yet the GECA and provincial workers Board Compensation laws.


SITUATION
CVA met with M.P. Sylvain Chicoine and M.P. Christine Moore. Christine is a former CF Nurse. Various strategies were looked at in order to force the CF in complying with provincial laws, CANFORGEN and D Surg Gen Message. One avenue will be to introduce a bill to force the CF to comply with the law. Other avenues, will be discussed later on, once all avenues are looked in and the more successful avenue will be pursued, which does not exclude the federal court.

I urge all still serving mbrs of the ResF and retired ones o contact the CVA veteran_advocate@canadianveteransadvocacy.com in order to pursue the declaration one by one of those inured via different means if the CF wont comply with the law.

UNCLAS
1243-2 (D MED POL)

01  07  092057Z  FEB  12  RR          UUUU DSG 01/12


CF H SVCS GP HQ//D SURG GEN//
AIG 13475
ZEN/CF H SVCS GP HQ OT//D H SVCS DEL/R AND D// ZEN/CF H SVCS GP HQ OT//D MED POL/DFHP// ZEN/CF H SVCS GP HQ OT//CFMSCWO/NPL// ZEN/CF H SVCS GP HQ OT//SSO SURG GEN// ZEN/NDHQ COMD RCAF OT//COMD RCAF SURG// ZEN/NDHQ COMD CDN ARMY OT//CDN ARMY SURG// ZEN/NDHQ COMD RCN OT//RCN SURG// UNCLASDSG 01/12SIC PPC

SUBJ:ILL AND INJURED RESERVISTS ENTITLEMENT TO BENEFITS UNDER GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES COMPENSATION ACT
REFS: A.CANFORGEN 024/12 CMP 012/12 021414Z FEB 12         
B.CBI 210.72 - RESERVE FORCE COMPENSATION (RFC) DURING A PERIOD OF INJURY, DISEASE OR ILLNESS         
C.GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES COMPENSATION ACT (GECA)

THE AIM OF THIS MESSAGE IS TO PROVIDE HEALTH SERVICES PROVIDERS WITH INFORMATION IN ORDER TO BETTER SUPPORT OUR RESERVE FORCE MEMBERS WHO BECOME ILL ILL OR INJURED AS A CONSEQUENCE OF THEIR MILITARY SERVICE. RECENTLY PUBLISHED REF A CLARIFIES RELATED RESERVIST CO S OBLIGATION
 
RESERVE FORCE MEMBERS WHO BECOME ILL OR INJURED AS A CONSEQUENCE OF MILITARY DUTY ARE ENTITLED TO RESERVE FORCE COMPENSATION (RFC) AS PER REF B. THEY MAY ALSO OBTAIN COMPENSATION BENEFITS THROUGH THE GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES COMPENSATION ACT (GECA) VIA THE PROVINCIALLY ADMINISTERED PROGRAMS.
 
THE GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES COMPENSATION ACT (GECA) PROVIDES BENEFITS FOR ALL EMPLOYEES OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT EXCEPT MEMBERS OF THE REGULAR FORCE OF THE CF AND THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE. THE OBJECTIVE OF GECA IS TO PROVIDE COMPENSATION FOR LOSS OF EARNINGS, MEDICAL CARE, OR OTHER RELATED BENEFITS TO FEDERAL EMPLOYEES, INCLUDING RESERVISTS, WHO ARE INJURED OR BECOME ILL AS A RESULT OF THEIR EMPLOYMENT. GECA IS ADMINISTERED IN CONJUNCTION WITH PROVINCIAL WORKERS COMPENSATION PROGRAMS AND THE BENEFITS ARE PROVIDED AT THE SAME RATE AND UNDER THE SAME CONDITIONS AS THE PROVINCIAL WORKERS COMPENSATION LAWS
 
GECA REQUESTS THAT COMMANDING OFFICERS REPORT ALL SERVICE-RELATED ILLNESSES OR INJURIES REQUIRING MEDICAL ATTENTION SUSTAINED BY THEIR RESERVE FORCE PERSONNEL WITHIN 3 DAYS. THE CO IS ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR ENSURING THAT INFORMATION CONCERNING REFS A AND B IS PROVIDED TO ALL ILL OR INJURED RESERVISTS SO THAT AN INFORMED DECISION MAY BE MADE WITH REGARDS TO THEIR COMPENSATION. RESERVISTS RECEIVING GECA COMPENSATION BENEFITS CANNOT ALSO BE COMPENSATED UNDER RFC FOR THE SAME ILLNESS OR INJURY
 
RESERVE FORCE MEMBERS WITH A SERVICE-RELATED INJURY MAY ALSO QUALIFY FOR BENEFITS FROM VETERANS AFFAIRS CANADA (VAC). IF THE RESERVE FORCE MEMBER IS IN RECEIPT OF BENEFITS AS A RESULT OF THE SERVICE-RELATED ILLNESS OR INJURY FROM A SOURCE SUCH AS GECA, THE AMOUNT OF THE COMPENSATION-RELATED BENEFITS THEY MAY BE ENTITLED TO FROM VAC FOR THE SAME INJURY OR ILLNESS WILL BE REDUCED
 
AS CLINICIANS TAKING CARE OF RESERVE FORCE MEMBERS WITH SERVICE RELATED ILLNESS OR INJURY, WE HAVE A DUTY TO BE AWARE OF THESE ENTITLEMENTS AND COMPLETE THE APPROPRIATE SUPPORTING MEDICAL DOCUMENTATION IN ORDER FOR OUR RESERVISTS TO BE ABLE TO SUBMIT THEIR CLAIM
 
IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO BECOME FAMILIAR WITH THE ABOVE REFERENCES AND YOUR PROVINCIAL REQUIREMENTS WITH RESPECT TO THE REQUIRED MEDICAL DOCUMENTATION FOR THESE MEMBERS
 
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT D MED POL / SSO PRIMARY CARE OR NATIONAL PROGRAM MANAGER - CASE MANAGEMENT
 
THIS MESSAGE IS TO BE GIVEN THE WIDEST POSSIBLE DISTRIBUTION
 
SIGNED BY COL JJRS BERNIER, D SURG GEN


CANFORGEN 024/12 CMP 012/12 021414Z FEB 12
RESERVE FORCE - COMPENSATION DURING A PERIOD OF INJURY, DISEASE OR ILLNESS
PROTECTED A
REFS: A. CBI 210. 72 - RESERVE FORCE COMPENSATION (RFC) DURING A PERIOD OF INJURY, DISEASE OR ILLNESS

B. GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES COMPENSATION ACT (GECA)

C. DAOD 5018-2 – REPORT OF INJURIES AND EXPOSURE TO TOXIC SUBSTANCES
1.   THE PURPOSE OF THIS CANFORGEN IS TO REMIND ALL COMMANDING OFFICERS (CO) OF THEIR OBLIGATIONS TO ADHERE TO ALL REPORTING REQUIREMENTS AND TO INFORM ALL INJURED OR ILL RESERVISTS OF THE ENTITLEMENTS AVAILABLE TO THEM WHEN THEY EXPERIENCE AN INJURY, DISEASE OR ILLNESS RELATED TO THEIR MILITARY SERVICE
2.   REF A AUTHORIZES COMPENSATION TO CLASS A, B OR C RESERVISTS WHO SUFFER AN INJURY, DISEASE OR ILLNESS THAT IS ATTRIBUTABLE TO MILITARY SERVICE WHEN THE INJURY CONTINUES BEYOND THE PERIOD OF SERVICE IN WHICH IT OCCURRED
3.   IN ORDER TO APPLY FOR COMPENSATION UNDER REF A, THE CO MUST ENSURE THAT FORM DND 2398 IS COMPLETED AND FORWARDED TO THE DIRECTOR CASUALTY SUPPORT MANAGEMENT THROUGH THE CHAIN OF COMMAND IN A TIMELY FASHION
4.   INJURED RESERVISTS MAY ALTERNATIVELY BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE COMPENSATION FOR THEIR INJURY, DISEASE OR ILLNESS THROUGH GECA AT REF B, WHICH IS ADMINISTERED BY THE PROVINCIAL WORKERS COMPENSATION BOARDS. THE OBJECTIVE OF REF B IS TO PROVIDE COMPENSATION FOR LOSS OF EARNINGS, MEDICAL CARE AND OTHER RELATED BENEFITS TO THOSE WHO ARE ELIGIBLE OWING TO INJURY BY AN ACCIDENT ARISING OUT OF AND IN THE COURSE OF EMPLOYMENT, OR DISABLED BY REASON OF AN INDUSTRIAL DISEASE OWING TO THE NATURE OF THE EMPLOYMENT
5.   DURATION, TYPE AND LEVEL OF THE BENEFITS PROVIDED UNDER GECA VARY FROM PROVINCE TO PROVINCE. SOME OF THE BENEFITS THAT MAY BE AVAILABLE INCLUDE:
A.   COMPENSATION FOR LOSS OF EARNINGS
B.   MEDICAL, HOSPITAL AND RELATED SERVICES
C.   REHABILITATION SERVICES
D.   A LUMP-SUM PAYMENT OR PENSION IF THE RESERVIST IS PERMANENTLY DISABLED, AND
E.   LONG-TERM BENEFITS EXTENDING AFTER RELEASE FROM THE CF IF THE DISABILITY IS PERMANENT
6.   COS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR REPORTING TO HUMAN RESOURCES AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT CANADA WITHIN 3 DAYS ALL SERVICE-RELATED INJURIES SUSTAINED BY RESERVE FORCE PERSONNEL IN THEIR EMPLOY THAT REQUIRE MEDICAL ATTENTION OR RESULT IN LOST TIME. A CF 98 SHALL ALSO BE COMPLETED IAW REF C. COS MUST ALSO ENSURE THAT INFORMATION CONCERNING REFS A AND B IS PROVIDED TO ALL ILL OR INJURED RESERVISTS SO THAT AN INFORMED DECISION MAY BE MADE WITH REGARDS TO THEIR COMPENSATION. NOTE THAT ILL OR INJURED RESERVISTS RECEIVING GECA COMPENSATION BENEFITS CANNOT ALSO BE COMPENSATED UNDER THE RFC FOR THE SAME ILLNESS OR INJURY
7.   RESERVE FORCE MEMBERS WITH A SERVICE-RELATED INJURY MAY ALSO QUALIFY FOR BENEFITS FROM VETERANS AFFAIRS CANADA (VAC) PURSUANT TO THE PENSION ACT OR THE CANADIAN FORCES MEMBERS AND VETERANS RE-ESTABLISHMENT AND COMPENSATION ACT. IF THE RESERVE FORCE MEMBER IS IN RECEIPT OF BENEFITS AS A RESULT OF THE SERVICE-RELATED ILLNESS OR INJURY FROM A SOURCE SUCH AS GECA, THE AMOUNT OF THE COMPENSATION-RELATED BENEFITS THEY MAY BE ENTITLED TO FROM VAC FOR THE SAME INJURY OR ILLNESS WILL BE REDUCED. VAC REQUIRES THAT APPLICANTS REPORT WHETHER THEY ARE IN THE PROCESS OF APPLYING FOR, HAVE APPLIED FOR OR HAVE RECEIVED ADDITIONAL AMOUNTS WITH RESPECT TO THE SAME DISABILITY FOR WHICH THE APPLICATION IS BEING MADE. ANY COMPENSATION RECEIVED UNDER THE RFC FOR LOSS OF INCOME IS NOT DEDUCTED FROM A VAC DISABILITY PENSION OR DISABILITY AWARD
8.   INSTRUCTIONS REGARDING DIVISION OF RESPONSIBILITIES AND REPORTING PROCEDURES FOR RESERVE FORCE PERSONNEL WHO ARE ATTACH POSTED OR ON TD WILL BE PROMULGATED SEPARATELY. FOR FURTHER INFO REGARDING REFS A AND B, PROVINCIAL WORKERS COMPENSATION OR VAC BENEFITS, PLEASE VISIT THE FOLLOWING WEB SITES:

http://HTTP://CMP-CPM.FORCES.MIL.CA/ DGCB/CBI/ENGRAPH/CBI(UNDERSCORE)CHAPTER-210(UNDERSCORE) E.ASP(QUESTION MARK)SIDESECTION(EQUAL SIGN)6(AND SIGN)

http://HTTP://WWW.HRSDC.GC.CA/ENG/LABOUR/WORKERS(UNDERSCORE)COMPENSATION/IN DEX.SHTML

http://HTTP://WWW.HRSDC.GC.CA/ENG/LABOUR/PUBLICATIONS/WORKERS(UNDERSCORE)CO MPENSATION/GECA(UNDERSCORE)EMPLOYER/PAGE04.SHTML

http://HTTP://WWW.CCOHS.CA/OSHANSWERS/(QUESTION MARK)INFORMATION/WCB(UNDERSCORE)CANADA.HTML

http://HTTP://WWW.VETERANS.GC.CA/ENG/
9.   SIGNED BY RADM A. SMITH, CMP