Vet knocks the approach to gain VAC benefits

Once again I have invited Cpl. Kenneth H. Young CD (ret) to speak out on this blog as I encourage all veterans to use this forum as their platform. It is only through communication and discussion we can influence change.


I believe it is time to stop the procedural arguments in the House of Commons. Whether we waste our time calling for a formal vote or not is immaterial because the Government and the official opposition are in favour of the military’s continued presence in Afghanistan. What is more urgently needed is Parliament caring about the aftereffects of this war on our military: PTSD and the many physical disabilities including triple amputations. And on earlier deployments and missions, we have veterans who suffer from ALS, Agent Orange, nuclear exposure, and the Gulf War Syndrome. MPs need to fix or get rid of the New Veterans Charter. Return to monthly pensions for life where needed. Kill the lump sum. And that is just for starts.

An ex-gratia payment to less then 1% of the Gagetown victims does not constitute dealing with the problem, promising things down the road for ALS which kills in months is in effect neglecting the problem until it dies off and giving our disabled veterans (I wish that I could say $276,000) an average of $40,000 for injuries suffered in no way negates Canada’s responsibility to them.

PTSD out patents for mental health treatment–regardless of whether it is 400 such as the Pembroke Hospital claims or only five as the DND claims–are Canadian citizens. They, as Canadian citizens, should have the right to seek medical attention where and with whom they wish and feel more comfortable with.

If Canadian Forces Base Petawawa  actually has a 32-member mental health clinic on base, what education do they have, where did they come from and what difference does this make? I am not all that sure that I would want to spill my guts to a bunch of people who are employed and controlled by the same people who have sent me to and wish to continue this war doing this to me, are still denying the scope of the problem and who have allowed many of my fellow soldiers to fall by the wayside and who eventually, without the help they sought, committing suicide. I also would have a problem telling people who have no choice but to report their findings without my permission to my superiors, if I happen to mention that I might have thoughts of suicide or violence, there by ruining my military career. And I would very much have a problem dealing with an organization who is shortly to join with the VAC. The same VAC who doesn’t seem to have any problem passing someone’s mental health files around in order to try to ruin their reputation if it suits them and to which the government of the day can’t, won’t, or refuses to discipline.

Everyone can now see that the lump-sum payout is unworkable and that breaking veterans up into smaller groups of this kind or that kind of coverage opposed to another kind, only makes for more bureaucracy and administrative problems and, in the long run, costs Canada even more. Let’s not forget that bureaucrats get a higher salary and a much better pensions then do soldiers. Plus their Union kicks the government’s butt if it tries to change that.

So, let’s quit looking at how this or that party will vote in the next election and get on with changing what you can. Canadians are not stupid. We know the Liberal and Conservative parties want to extend the mission. Now carry on.

Demand the necessary changes to veterans’ benefits. If the government can’t keep our troops out of war, the least it can do is to get them the best medical, mental and physical after-care Canada can offer. It is not a finger-pointing game. All MPs voted this NVC into being and it is all MPs’ duty to fix it ASAP.

It is time to stop playing ‘Party Politics.’ Veterans’ lives are at stake. Do your duty… they already have.

Cpl. Kenneth H. Young CD (ret)
Nanaimo, BC

Destroying Chemical Use – Before Chemical Use Destroys Me.
A “Veteran” — whether active duty, discharged, retired, or reserve
— is someone who, at one point in his or her life, wrote a blank cheque
made payable to “Canada,” for an amount “up to and including” 
his/her life.


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One Response to Vet knocks the approach to gain VAC benefits

  1. Quyen Otwell says:

    Hello, Great job. I did not expect this just before the weekend. Thanks

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