By Travis McEwan
Posted: Jun 28, 2016
'It’s almost two years of my salary that they want back, that’s a lot of money' Dean Campbell
Dean Campbell sometimes sees bombs dropping, smells things burning, hears the sounds of war.Retired Armed Forces veteran Dean Campbell relaxes at his property east of Sherwood Park.(Travis McEwan/CBC)
His flashbacks are symptoms of post-traumatic stress syndrome, and can be triggered by loud noises, large crowds or stress.
The latest bout, he said, was brought on by a letter from Veterans Affairs Canada.
According to the government, the former warrant officer owes his country $81,272.10.
Part of the problem can be traced to a class-action lawsuit settled in 2014. The court ruled that veterans with disabilities were entitled to lump-sum payments to compensate for cost-of-living increases dating back to the 1970s, increases required under their long-term disability plan.
Campbell said his one-time payment from that settlement was close to $112,000.
In a letter sent in May, Veterans Affairs told Campbell he had been overpaid under the Service Income Security Insurance Plan by a total of $74,252.10 between 2012 and 2016. The letter said he had also received a separate overpayment of $7,020.
The government wants all the money back.
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