Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Canada: Disabled Veterans Comp Based on Rank Not Wound?

Edmonton military veteran frustrated he has to annually fill out form to say his legs are still missing
Edmonton Journal
Dave Lazzarino
Published on: April 13, 2016

For example, if you have a disability that is deemed to decrease your income by 25 per cent, you get 25 per cent of the income you made in the Armed Forces. As such, people with higher rank end up getting more for their injuries.
Retired Master Cpl. Paul Franklin lost both of his legs from just above knee when a bomb hit the vehicle he was driving during a Canadian Forces tour in Afghanistan in January 2006.

Ten years later, he is getting ready to fill out yet another set of forms to tell the Canadian government that, in fact, his legs are still missing.

“It’s insane,” Franklin said. “My problem with all this is if you have someone who has post-traumatic stress disorder or some sort of brain injury, or you have a combination of the two and they’re on street drugs or alcohol or whatever, the chance of them filling out the forms correctly is minimal at best.”

When a veteran wants to fill out disability and pension forms, it can sometimes involve multiple applications to several bodies, including insurance companies, even for permanent injuries like Franklin’s.
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