Ten years on from the beginning of the current phase of the Global War on Terror, returning Veterans around the world are having to fight for the help/benefits they have earned in harsh combat zones. In the US, the VA is broken and Veterans struggle to access what was promised to them, after they have honorably served their country. In Britain, same thing.
Canada is no exception, and this last week, Canadian Veterans took another step in ensuring that the Canadian government step up and honour their part of a contract we as a country make with ALL our Military.
From Vancouver Province newspaper:
Afghan veterans launch class-action bid against feds over disability payments
Port Moody’s Kevin Berry among group that says lump sum isn’t enough
By Susan Lazaruk, The Province
A B.C. soldier is among a group of Afghanistan war veterans who have filed a possible class-action lawsuit against the federal government, saying the new lump-sum disability payments aren’t enough to support them.
Kevin Berry, 29, of Port Moody, blew out both his knees while fighting in Afghanistan for seven months in late 2003 and early 2004.
He also suffered from the emotional effect of losing three fellow soldiers who were killed in action and witnessing the serious injuries of several others.
Berry suffered permanent damage to his knees after he continued serving and carrying heavy loads with braces on his knees, according to a statement of claim filed on his other soldiers’ behalf to force the government to compensate the injured veterans at the same level it did with vets of earlier wars....
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