Veterans ombudsman releases report calling for improvements

Published on October 3, 2016

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Guy Parent calls for more money in his report “Fair Compensation to Veterans and their Survivors for Pain and Suffering”

Veterans and their survivors who fall under the New Veterans Charter for pain and suffering need more money, Veterans Ombudsman Guy Parent said recently.

He released a report, “Fair Compensation to Veterans and their Survivors for Pain and Suffering” while calling for improvements to be made.

“While no amount of money can provide full restitution, veterans who have suffered from an illness or injury due to their service need to be fairly compensated for the impact their disability has on their lives and on the lives of their families,” Parent said. “In addition, changes need to be made to the New Veterans Charter so that single Canadian Armed Forces members without dependents can designate a family member to apply for and receive the death benefit.”

The report compares what veterans and their survivors receive to compensate for non-economic loss with what other Canadians may receive under other federal, provincial and/or territorial programs and the courts. It also looks at what veterans in other countries may receive.   

The report finds the $360,000 disability award is fair compared to how other Canadians are compensated for the non-economic effects of impairment or injury. 

However, the ombudsman is calling for compensation to recognize the non-economic effects of exceptional incapacity.

“I sincerely hope that the three recommendations in this report will lead to fair recognition of the sacrifices made by Veterans. Our veterans and their families deserve no less,” Mr. Parent concluded