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Protest for Hamilton veteran losing funding

A quiet protest is taking place this week in front of the federal building downtown Hamilton. A Canadian Armed Forces veteran says Veterans Affairs is releasing him from the vocational rehabilitation program, even though he suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and physical disability.

Shane Corbeil served in the Canadian Armed Forces from 1989 to 1997 where he was stationed at CFB Trenton and in Bosnia.

“Your average day citizen doesn’t see people hanging from their basements because they killed themselves with an electrical chord and a soldier has to see that stuff,” he says.

His time in the military not only left him in physical pain, there was emotional scarring as well.

“In the 90’s there was nothing for a veteran to get any help. You were given a release and they said see ya later.”

It wasn’t until 2007 that Corbeil sought help. He says Veterans Affairs Canada paid for initial psychiatric treatment where he was told he had symptoms of PTSD.

He was receiving $3,000 a month in lost income, until 5 days ago when his case worker told him he was being released from their vocational rehabilitation program because he does not suffer from PTSD.

“I’m going to be homeless within then next couple months. My wife my son and I, we’re going to lose everything.”

Psychologist Margaret McKinnon says for certain PTSD sufferers, it can be incredibly difficult to work.

“If you consider for example PTSD can result in difficulties with concentration, it can be difficult for someone to focus on a precise detail oriented job.”

Corbeil says he’s since gone to a new psychologist who has diagnosed him with PTSD and is in the process of submitting that information to the government. A representative from the Minister of Veterans Affairs says officials have now been directed to reach out to him with information he needs to access the appropriate support.

Corbeil says he’s already applied to the Canadian Forces Income Support Program, but even if he is eligible it could take up to 6 months to kick in, and is only about $1000 a month.



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Protocol Alpha says:

UNFORTUNATELY THESE VETERANS WILL BE VICTIMIZED TWICE.

When released the veterans will have to deal with Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) who has its own methods of causing PTSD on its own personnel and other veterans seeking help from the department. Its former Ombudsman was diagnosed with PTSD as a result of dealing with the horror that VAC has inflicted on veterans. Read up if you believe VAC will be able to help veterans with PTSD and other service-related injuries:

http://www.gieschen.com/1st_Quarter_2013_Veterans_Affairs_Canada_Intelligence_Report.htm

Larry says:

This is a crying shame on our government’s failure to ensure that the wounded men & women in our military are cared for when they get back to Canada. PTSD is a condition that can take allot longer to heal than taking a bullet. Maybe next time we decide to send our troops to a foreign country we should send our politicians to the front line so they can get a clearer perspective of what our troops deal with when they come home.

3 Time Afghan Veteran says:

There is a surprising number of cases where people are claiming PTSD even though they do not suffer from it at all. Some veterans will leave the military for better paying jobs and once those jobs are gone or their want a new truck or quad, they claim PTSD. As a veteran suffering from PTSD I’m glad these checks are in place to make sure people do not abuse the system. If we allow these people to cheat the system then there is even less help for myself.

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