Sunday, September 23, 2012
We just spent the summer watching all those "War of 1812" ads and now we find out that the Harper Cons have spent five years and three-quarters of a million dollars to try to claw back pensions from disabled veterans.
I guess the people who fight Canada's wars are only honoured by the Harper Cons if they're dead and gone.
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I would like to see some numbers.
I have been privy to the income numbers for two Canadian vets on disability.
One army ( 20 years) One navy (4 years)
Both get prescriptions, glasses ,dentistry, hearing aids, plus an option for a come in house keeper in addition to $3500.00 a month clear.
Both drive, walk, dance, play sports travel and are generally seen as fully able.
Neither makes a purchase without asking for a veterans discount.
Both agree they had PTSS before they signed up.
Both agree it takes a particular kind of stupidity to have the elected leader of the day being your ultimate boss.
So good on them they fought for Canada and Canadians.
The biggest failure of this whole story is that the Canada and Canadians they fought for (to the current tune of 5.4 million) live in poverty.
There are a lot more dangerous occupations where death or disability occur in the "service" of your country than military service.
They both laugh at the civies who never got the gravy train.
By 5:27 p.m., at
Yes, there are many occupations that lead to disability, but I think the military are a special case. Also, just because it isn't perfect for everyone doesn't mean it shouldn't be better for some. We have to do what we can.