Congratulations Steven and Rosann!! Your persistence is astonishing and admirable. I am reposting the article that appeared in the Chronicle Herald about your fight to have a decision by the Veterans Review and Appeal Board reversed. It’s alarming that it took nine years for Steven to have his case recognized. You have not only won attention to your own rights but also benefited all vets in the same plight. BONNIE
Cancer-stricken N.S. veteran wins health benefits
By GORDON DELANEY Valley Bureau
Wed, Mar 23 – 3:37 PM
The minister said in a letter delivered to Dornan late Tuesday that he will also be entitled to receive health benefits, including medication and treatment for his cancer.
He will receive a 20 per cent disability pension, for about $700 per month.
Dornan, 45, said he’s happy that he will receive full health care coverage for his treament of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which can run in the tens of thousands of dollars.
“That’s huge and it’s really what we were mostly after,” he said.
Dornan, a 25-year veteran of the Canadian Forces, is battling cancer that doctors say resulted from exposure to depleted uranium dust while he served as a weapons inspector for the NATO Multinational Force in Bosnia in 1996.
He also served in Afghanistan in 2002 while undergoing cancer treatment, and is currently being treated with drugs and chemotherapy. But doctors say the treatments will eventually stop working. When diagnosed, he was given 15 years to live.
That ended Tuesday. [March 22, 2011]