With National Defence stating that 2,000 soldiers were injured in the last ten years in Afghanistan, why is it that Canadian veterans are being drummed out of their entitlement to benefits—without even knowing why?

A recent CBC interview reveals that the Government doesn’t do a good enough job explaining to the country’s 200,000 veterans why some qualify for benefits and others don’t. Canada’s Veterans Ombudsman, Guy Parent, released a report 20 Feb, 2012, stating that benefit letters often did not clearly stated the reasons behind a decision to award or deny benefits.

There is some hope though as the Minister of Veterans Affairs, Steven Blaney, responded in the House of Commons with promises to improve information on disability benefits. Still, a well-crafted letter of disability claim denied may be cold comfort to an injured veteran needing informed counsel. Mr. Parent stated in his report, “It troubles me to think that many veterans may be wrongly assessed and do not pursue the matter further because the letter did not reveal where the department’s decision might have been flawed”.

Our veterans are worthy of the highest respect for their sacrifice. It’s an embarrassment that their disability claims should be denied by red tape. By seeking sound legal advice, veterans can find help understanding their claims from a lawyer with comprehensive knowledge of long-term disability claims. Disability lawyers can explain your legal rights with you, and will analyze and assess the merits of your case, and outline your legal options including expected time lines and the risks and merits of your claim.

For those in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland, Veterans Ombudsman, Guy Parent, will travel to Surrey to host a town hall session for Veterans, RCMP members, military members, families and other interested parties. Mr. Parent will deliver a short presentation, followed by a question and answer period with the audience.

  • Location: Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 229, 13525–106 Avenue, Surrey, British Columbia
  • Date: Monday, February 27, 2012
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. PST

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