Motion to Improve Permanent Injury Support for Veterans

It can be extremely frustrating for CF members or veterans to repeatedly provide proof of permanent injuries such as amputations, either to insurance companies contracted out by the government, or staff at National Defence or Veterans affairs.

A simple solution would be to have permanent injuries such as amputations be noted in the file that passes from National Defence, to Veterans Affairs or to contracted insurance companies. Veterans deserve dignity and respect. Repeatedly being asked to prove a permanent injury is both insulting and a waste of time and resources of the veteran, medical professionals, and department staff. 

The intention of the current practice appears to be a way to keep in touch with veterans and enquire regarding updates on their health.  The manner in which these enquiries are made must be reformed. The current system is redundant, intrusive and inhumane.

That is the reason I have introduced the following motion in Parliament:

M-152 — November 8, 2017 — Ms. Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should instruct the Department of National Defence and the Department of Veterans Affairs to work together to: (a) keep, for all members of the Canadian Forces (CF) and for all veterans, a file containing any medical diagnosis of a permanent medical condition such as, but not limited to, amputations; (b) with the consent of the CF member or the veteran, share that information with any insurance providers contracted by the government that require the CF member or veteran to provide such medical diagnoses; (c) update the diagnosis of the medical condition only at the request of the CF member or veteran in the event the condition changes; and (d) set up regular wellness checks with the CF member or veteran to enquire about any changes in health.