To the Honourable Minister of Veterans Affairs Steven Blaney:
When Fabien Melanson was on his hunger strike recently, I invited veterans who have not had their cases properly reviewed to submit stories about their problems. This story was submitted to me yesterday.
To veterans across Canada:
If any of you live near Brian Bradley in the following submission, please get in touch with him and see what assistance you can offer. Thanks. BONNIE
To whom it may concern,
Over the past 16 years this Canadian veteran has been forced by the unlawful decisions of the VRAB (Veterans Review and Appeal Board; a division of Veterans Affairs) to bring ‘motions’ to the Fed. Ct. (Trial Division, ref. #’s T-157-98; T-2137-99; T-67-03; T-401-05 & T-617-09; see the …really-pay hyperlink at signature block) in an attempt to force the government of Canada to pay the disability pension benefits that this Applicant seeks. In 5 (including the last 2) out of 6 rulings by the Fed. Ct., this matter has been referred back to the VRAB (i.e., ruled in favour of this veteran). As in another instance (refer to Fed. Ct. case# T-2137-99), this veteran is left waiting while the VRAB stall and do nothing towards recognizing their obligations to this veteran (and all other veterans of the Canadian Forces and Mounted Police).
While awaiting for something called the actual service of justice, this Applicant has also been denied (over the past 5-6 years) disability pension benefits by the CPP group …. with this second unlawful dept. using the same unfounded ‘excuses’ that the VRAB used (and which resulted in the rulings against the VRAB). I recently received a ruling of the Fed. Ct. which essentially denied me the right to bring this matter before them in my search of justice ….. thus extending and amplifying this exercise in futility for this veteran ….. along with that of far too many other veterans like him.
If this is the manner in which the government of Canada treats the men and women who have placed their lives on the line for that same government in local and foreign theatres of conflict, how must one believe that that same government is treating the remainder of the Canadian citizens such as you and your family members?
I have contacted Legal Aid AB, Legal Guidance Calgary, and a half dozen other organizations in my search for justice (not to mention in excess of 400 solicitors in the Calgary, Alberta and other Canadian provinces), and have yet to find a solicitor willing to act on a ‘pro bono’ basis in representing this Applicant’s claims with the Canadian government departments concerned. While such an effort requires an exceptional level of honesty and integrity, where can I find such an ‘animal’? Do you have what it takes?