Half of Canada’s severely wounded veterans do not receive disability benefits: report


A new report released by Canada’s Veterans Ombudsman, Guy Parent, claims that of the country’s 1,911 most severely wounded ex-soldiers, nearly half do not receive a government impairment allowance to compensate them for their physical and mental injuries and the resulting loss of earnings. Equally disheartening, many of the severely injured who do receive support receive the lowest grade benefit.

Parent believes that the program fails to provide adequate disability benefits to veterans because it uses eligibility criteria that are too restrictive.

“You can flood programs with money, but if you don’t broaden the access, then you haven’t accomplished anything,” Parent says in the report. “This is unfair and needs to be corrected.”

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Half of badly wounded veterans not getting disability cheque: watchdog

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