Anyone hear anything on changing the name of the New Veterans Charter?

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Anyone hear anything on changing the name of the New Veterans Charter?

Post by Trooper on Sat Nov 04, 2017 4:13 pm

Work to do


November 3, 2017 by Legion Magazine

Seamus O’Regan, the former television host from Newfoundland and Labrador, was appointed as Canada’s Minister of Veterans Affairs on Aug. 28, replacing Kent Hehr. There have been some important changes to the New Veterans Charter since the last election that will improve the lives of many disabled veterans, but there is still plenty of hard work ahead for the new minister.

The animosity and distrust that a vocal minority of veterans had for Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) has dissipated, largely due to the reopening of nine district offices, the creation of ministerial advisory groups, the increase in the amount of the disability award (known as the lump sum payment) to $360,000, and the increase of the Earnings Loss Benefit to 90 per cent of pre-release salary.

More goodwill was built in 2017 with the announcement of eight new or enhanced benefits, including a tax-free $1,000 monthly caregiver benefit, an education benefit of up to $80,000, allowing medically released veterans and their families access to all 32 Military Family Resource Centres, new funding for research, and plans for a centre of excellence for mental health care.

But remaining shortcomings may yet rekindle disgruntlement—particularly a lack of movement on re-establishing lifelong pensions. Simply dividing the disability award into monthly payments is not what veterans have in mind when they think of lifelong financial security. The government’s new plan for spreading out payments—promised in the 2017 budget—still had not been announced at press time.

The post-election mandate letter from the prime minister to the Veterans Affairs minister promised a higher standard of service and care. However, delays in disability benefit decisions are the primary complaint to the veterans’ ombudsman, who reports that only 59 per cent of VAC decisions met the department’s standard of 16 weeks. (This does not count the weeks or months veterans may spend gathering information after first contacting the department.)

Veterans still complain about customer-service staff shortages, complex eligibility criteria, difficulties transitioning from military to VAC programs, an “insurance company mentality” in dealings with the department, and worry about financial security past age 82.

Finally, we hope that the change in the name of the Canadian Forces Members and Veterans Re-establishment and Compensation Act (popularly known as the New Veterans Charter) to the Veterans Well-being Act is not a harbinger of ideological change. ‘Well-being’ means comfortable, healthy or happy—something all veterans are entitled to be. But well-being also connotes the paternalistic concept of welfare programs that provide only basic physical and material essentials to people in need. Ill, injured and wounded veterans have earned their benefits. Their rehabilitation, reintegration and fair compensation are sacred obligations and should not be subject to minimalistic thinking—even in titles of legislation.

https://legionmagazine.com/en/2017/11/work-to-do/

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Re: Anyone hear anything on changing the name of the New Veterans Charter?

Post by Trooper on Sat Nov 04, 2017 4:32 pm

Here's the deal on the name change, looks like it hasn't come onto force yet.

Bill C-42
(First Reading)
March 24, 2017


Canadian Forces Members and Veterans Re-establishment and Compensation Act

1 Section 1 of the Canadian Forces Members and Veterans Re-establishment and Compensation Act is replaced by the following:

Short title
1 This Act may be cited as the
Veterans Well-being Act.

http://www.parl.ca/DocumentViewer/en/42-1/bill/C-42/first-reading
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Post by Dannypaj on Sun Nov 05, 2017 5:47 am

The animosity and distrust that a vocal minority of veterans had for Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) has dissipated?

Says who?
Read the act!
It is, "you do as your told period." (Imagine the current GG saying this to Canada's troops)
Here's some money for retraining and best of luck on your application process and have a ball with VRAB (BTW, paid by us).
Basically, changing the name is not changing the problems.
Veteran 1.
Finished college, received a diploma and is now cut off ELB because the individual is now working part time.
Is he making 90% of his pre-existing salary? No his not making 90% of his pre-existing ELB.
The person is still depressed and is living in his mom's basement, no joke.
This veteran doesn't want to ask for psychological help. So, he suffers alone and masks it with alcohol.
Did this veteran apply for the Canadian Forces Income Support? Yes and it was turned downed, or cruelly put, "DENIED"!
Are things better with VAC?
Leaving your Veterans community with a promise and two years and 1 day of inaction is not the way to treat your Canadian Elite (Canadian Warriors).
Joe or Jane politician sitting pretty in parliament still talking about plastic dolls should think about making their key promise soon to their Veterans.
Shyte or get off the pot!
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Post by Dannypaj on Sun Nov 05, 2017 8:45 am

Veteran 2.
Suffers in silence, never asks for help.
32 years service, multiple tours, service/training related injuries and only informs or communicates with VAC "if absolutely necessary" as though dealing with VAC as being the plague.
"Never acknowledged or too proud to come fourth and inform VAC of service related injuries and VAC is not reaching out, go figure".
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Post by iceman on Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:30 am

You can call stinkweed a rose, but it still stinks, and is not a rose.

The only way to change it is to pull it out, roots and all, and replace it with a rose bush.

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Post by Trooper on Sun Nov 05, 2017 7:54 pm

It's pretty bad when the bureaucrats who came up with the New Veteran Charter, now have to come up with another name because the New Veteran Charter by name is getting a lot of heat.

A lot of things coming forward by the bureaucrats are actually so obviously stupid that really shows how ignorant towards Veterans they really are. These are actually insults thrown at Veterans, it is an insult to our intelligence.

What do veteran have to look forward too;







Eeny Meeny Miny Moe
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