There is a vast difference between the services provided by Military personnel and their families, especially when they are compared with Senators, Politicians, Public servants and Civilians. A Military person is expected to serve 24/7 without overtime pay, be separated from their families for long period’s of time and they must be prepared to give the ultimate sacrifice for the security of their country. If they are lucky to survive and retire with an Annuity, the Government will then claw back their Annuity at age 65 or sooner if they become disabled. Of course Senators, Judge Advocates and Politicians are exempt from the claw back to their pension. It doesn’t end there! Most spouses will receive a smaller CPP benefit because they served in areas where employment opportunities were very poor. Of course this situation will also result in Military families being denied the CPP death benefit for the burial of their spouses.
It doesn›t get any better for Veterans! Hospital beds are being closed and Veterans hospitals responsibility is being passed on to Provincial Governments. Disabled Veterans are being paid off with a reduced lump sum payment that denies them benefits such as: A monthly disability tax free pension; a monthly tax free dependent allowance; Yearly cost of living adjustments; disability awards; war Veterans allowance and Veterans unit hospitals beds.
Warrant Officer Frank Mellish was 38 years old and an 18 year Veteran of the C.F. when he was killed Sept 3, 2006, while deployed in Afghanistan. On Feb 10, 2012 Tributes poured in for the fallen Soldier. While her late Husband was being honoured with a street naming ceremony, his wife spoke of the ongoing pain. No words were more meaningful than those spoken by his widow, Kendra. «I›d like to say to you here today that time is a healer of all wounds, but that would be a very misleading statement, time has no way of healing wounds of this caliber!» My life has forever changed!
It is unacceptable that this Government continues to turn its back on our Veterans and their Families. These unjust and unfair issues have touched many Veterans and their Families! Canada›s Sons and Daughters are Veterans. The Public at large needs to stand up to the Government of Canada to correct this undignified treatment levelled at Canada›s Heroes!
John Labelle Veteran Advocate
27 Dresden Court Lower Sackville Nova Scotia B4C 3X1