The veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces have been underserved by the government for far too long.
The total maximum disability award for a severely injured veteran is $360,000. That may sound like a lot of money to most of us, but for a veteran who has lost all their limbs, and is unable to work again because of the sacrifices made for our country, it is a small sum.
As you all know, the cost of living is growing every year. Seriously injured veterans need more money to ensure that they don’t live in poverty. Furthermore, wait times for benefits are unacceptably long. It can take over a year for a veteran to receive a disability award that they deserve.
Instead of forcing our veterans to go through multiple layers of bureaucracy, which takes far too long and costs more than it saves, veterans need to be given the benefit of the doubt. Our veterans trusted the Canadian government not to send them into harms way unless it was absolutely necessary, and trusted the government to help them if they became injured.
We need to ensure the government trusts veterans in return. When veterans approach the government, and say they are suffering and need help, the government needs to trust them and provide that help in a timely manner.