Canadian veterans shabby government treatment continues.
And this is not just happening in Canada.
Government’s all over the world have a penchant for mistreating their veterans.
It is a case of politicians talking the walk but not walking it.
One has to wonder why?
Soldiers are required to undertake dangerous tasks.
Often stare death into the face.
Endure unspeakable conditions.
And the long-range impact of that is evident when they return from their tour of duty.
High rates of suicide are common.
Post-traumatic stress disorder is almost a given for many.
Canadian Veterans Shabby Government Treatment
And, yet, aside from a lot of political talk, to make things right, that’s all it is.
The latest monumental disgrace involves more than 270,000 Canadian veterans.
They were short-changed on their pensions and disability payments.
But the majority of them died.
Estimates place the number of deaths at 175,000.
And that leaves the federal government with a major legal mess.
It has to try to resolve the situation with the estates of the deceased veterans.
The government blames an accounting error for the mess.
It cost veterans $165 million between the years 2002 to 2010.
The error was uncovered by the veterans ombudsman office.
It has worked with the government for more than one year to confirm its mistake.
And if that isn’t bad enough – there is more.
As CBC News reported it will take two years for veterans to receive their money retroactively.
“We will ensure those affected receive the compensation to which they are entitled,” says Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O’Regan.
“At this stage, given the number of individuals affected, we expect to issue payments by 2020. We will share more information with those affected as it becomes available.”
And the issue of government’s mistreating veterans goes back to 2014.
Veterans Ombudsman Guy Parent says veterans are being given the run around.
And that point has been made over and over again in Canada.