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2011-03-11 Veterans can't be ignored
« on: March 31, 2012, 08:38:38 PM »

Veterans Affairs Canada's sole purpose for existing is to administer, see to and help with the medical, mental, social and financial needs of Canada's past military and RCMP personal, also know as veterans.

For the most part, this is and has been done by many very dedicated and compassionate front line workers within the VAC and, when treated with respect, understanding and fairness, most veterans are actually happy with the level of service which they receive.

Ya sure, we could all use a bit more money.

Then again who couldn't, and we definitely could use a more streamlined and less confusing disability pension process.

But today veterans are faced with a situation which cannot go away by ignoring it and to which Ottawa and the Minister of Veterans Affairs, Jean-Pierre Blackburn, seem to have their hands tied (or so we have been told) by the Public Services Union.

This problem, which involves members working in or directly for the VAC, deliberately and maliciously contributing to the causes and/or worsening of a veteran's pensionable condition. And, as it is being portrayed to us, that nothing can be done about it. Worse yet, the offenders have actually been rewarded with money, paid time off and promotion for their indiscretions and mistreatment of the very veterans they are obligated to serve and help.

I am talking about the infamous 54 bureaucrats within the VAC who found no problem with invading someone's private military and medical files, some of whom further went on to use their illicitly and illegally gained information about this veteran contained within his private files to try and destroy this veteran's creditability because he chose to disagree with their wishes and reasoning behind the implementation of the New Veterans Charter, and work as an advocate for other veterans in their disputes with the VAC.

This veteran had a documented case of PTSD, a condition which often involves depression and paranoia.

This veteran had a case of paranoia or didn't exclude the fact that they were out to get him -- a fact which could only have added to both his depression and paranoia.

So, basically, there are 54 known employees still working at VAC who not only did not provide the help, care and understanding this veteran needed, but actively added to and maliciously contributed to his already identified condition.

By Mr. Blackburn's own words, "I apologize for what happened to this man and the others," would seem to indicate that he wasn't the only one that this was done to and because they have not only been left in place but some have even been promoted, tells me that they won't be the last.

Should veterans be asked, or should I say, forced to continue on as if it never happened? It's not like veterans have a second choice for their needs, and because of this, right now there are not many veterans who can any longer trust the VAC's security, integrity, or the privacy of our medical files.

To me, this is an unworkable situation for veterans, but sadly it is also destroying the reputation of so many front-line workers, still trying to work under these adverse conditions, who now also have no idea who they can trust. Bill C-55 has not changed this.

Kenneth H. Young Nanaimo, B.C.
Canadian Veterans Advocacy - One Veteran One Standard

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