Veterans Benefits Still Being Clawed Back

Jul 08, 2012

By Bob Sheppard

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Veterans’ advocates say some of Canada’s most disabled former soldiers are still seeing their benefits clawed back despite a court decision that declared the practice illegal.

Veterans say they thought their payments would increase after the Harper government announced in May that it wouldn’t appeal the Federal Court decision on the so-called clawbacks.

The court found the government was acting illegally by reducing veteran’s long-term disability benefits.

It affected about six-thousand vets who’ve seen their payments slashed by up to thousands of dollars a month.

Defence Minister Peter MacKay said the clawbacks would end July 1st.

But former military members who receive high pain and suffering payments because of the severity of their injuries say their long-term disability awards are being reduced to nothing.

National Defence says it’s begun discussions with lawyers for the claimants to work out all outstanding issues.

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