Stop Asking Veterans if Limbs are Still Missing
March 12th, 2015 - 5:38pm
2015-03-12 14:44 [p.12054]
Mr. Speaker, every veteran with an amputation loathes receiving the big brown envelope of paperwork from Veterans Affairs, asking them if they still have limbs missing.
It is bad enough that the minister thinks he has fixed the issue because now these veterans will only have to prove to Veterans Affairs every three years that they lost a limb. The minister does not seem to understand that veterans also rely on different programs from DND, programs that are still asking for proof every year.
Does the minister think that this is even remotely acceptable?
2015-03-12 14:45 [p.12054]
Mr. Speaker, we have learned a lot from the case Paul Franklin has brought forward, and I thank him for raising these concerns with respect to the veterans independence program.
We are already making changes. In fact, I have stood up a veterans-centric task force to revisit every piece of correspondence that goes to a veteran and their family to make sure it focuses on their wellness, is easy to understand and, for serious cases, to see whether we can eliminate it entirely.
I will also be asking the insurer for the Canadian Forces long-term disability program to try to adopt the same approach.