I am browsing through comments to find testimonies by wounded / traumatized Canadian vets who have served in Afghanistan and are now talking about their treatment by the government since they’ve returned home.
New submission from a daughter of a vet August 21, 2010:
“My dad was born in Canada and served with the Canadian forces in WWII. He became an American citizen in the 1950s, but when he was in his 90s and he wanted to live with me, he was not allowed to get his citizenship back – the judgement was that he would be a burden to the healthcare system.
“He lived with me for six years until his death, but we had to travel back and forth to the States for his healthcare, constantly applying for extentions to a visitors permit, under the threat that at any time, he could be refused entry and eventually I had to leave him there and he died alone.
“I had to go to a U.S. court to get guardianship at one point, and it was humiliating to admit to a shocked judge and the whole court, that my country doesn’t respect or honour its veterans. It was my experience in dealing with Veterans Affairs that, once out of uniform, it is the veteran who is the enemy.”
Posted on the CBC August 20, 2010:
“I am a Vet from Afghanistan, I was shot in the leg during an operation, It shattered my femur. I now have a limp, rod and pins in my leg, pain everyday in my hip and knee as well as my thigh. My first payout was 27,000 for my femur fracture and scars. They did not include my knee or hip pain which some days keeps me in bed.
“I am now fighting for the rest of my payout because they told me my hip and knee pain had nothing to do with getting a AK47 round blown through my leg. I had to do all my own paper work and go to the hospital on my own to meet with a specialists to get my payout determined.
“On a side note, my father, while I was on work up, was in a motorcycle accident, got two scars on his knees and dislocated his thumb, Manitoba Public Insurance took all the paper work and a year later came to his house and did a exam on him. His payout…..$32,000. Seems unfair that a company that looks after population of over a million people can do a better job then a company that has to look after lets say 300,000.
“I think they just want people to get tired of fighting for their money. It’s been almost three years now since I was shot. Unreal. Makes me sick to my stomach. And people out there that think I am whining… if they said I would get nothing then I would be fine with it, I would still have gone overseas to help those people out. But for pete’s sake, someone with a dislocated thumb got a higher payout then me!”
“I have to say the VA doctor was the absolute worst of the lot of them at the VA office. The examination and treatment of my father by the VA doctor was cruel and undignified in my opinion, and the pain he put my father through in order to conduct his exam was inhumane. I’m certain there’s a special place reserved in Hell for that bastard.
“Many of the Vets I met are too proud at ask for help and those that have requested assistance seem to be bogged down in paperwork and forms and red tape, which I know first-hand takes incredibly long to process and get an approval, which was frustrating for me, so I can only imagine how difficult and frustrating it has been and continues to be for our Vets and their families to get support for our Vets. I’m sure this is why many of the Vets and their family members have given up asking for the assistance they need because they believe they will simply be turned down.
“It seems to me, at least in my father’s case, that the VA and government simply want to put our Vets in long term care facilities and hope they won’t be too much trouble or expense. My father needed a wheelchair when he began to decline, and you would think when a person can no longer stand or walk and their doctor says he should be in a wheelchair that VA would provide one right away…no God Damn way that happened! The forms and approval process took weeks and VA provided him with a temporary transportable wheelchair until they could properly assess his case and have an OT measure him for a wheelchair. This process took the better part of six months to get my father a wheelchair, which is ridiculous. Many of the things my father needed or would make him more comfortable I simply went out and bought for him only to find out after I submitted the bills that they were refused because I failed to get prior approval. This approval process often took months because my father needed to be seen by a doctor or specialist and some appointment took months to get in so was I supposed to let him suffer…No I got him what the health care professionals advised would be best for him despite what the ass holes at VA said. Society as a whole cares more about animals then our people and especially our Vets.
“Shame on our government and shame on those in our VA who allow our
Vets to be treated so disgracefully.”
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