Federal Superannuates National Association (FSNA)

Federal Superannuates National Association (FSNA)

August 20, 2014 09:29 ET

The National Association of Federal Retirees Affirms Veterans Ombudsman's Recommendations to Support the Most Vulnerable Ill and Injured Veterans

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 20, 2014) - In his latest report, "Supporting Severely Impaired Veterans", released yesterday, the Veterans Ombudsman called upon the government to improve accessibility to the Permanent Impairment Allowance and the Permanent Impairment Allowance Supplement to ensure that the most seriously ill and injured veterans have economic and financial support they need to compensate for their loss of employment and career progression opportunities.

The National Association of Federal Retirees applauds the report and the recommendations of Guy Parent, Veterans Ombudsman, and his team, and urges the Government to implement the Ombudsman's recommendations immediately.

"There is a disconnect between the objective of the Allowances and the criteria veterans have to meet in order to access them and that disconnect has to be fixed immediately," says Gary Oberg, President of the National Association of Federal Retirees. "The most seriously ill and injured veterans, those who have been injured in service to Canada, and whose injuries directly impact their employment and career advancement opportunities, must have access to the financial support they need - and deserve. "

The Permanent Impairment Allowance and the Supplement are two financial benefits within the New Veterans Charter which are provided to the most severely injured or ill veterans who face a loss of employment and career progression opportunities from the effects of a permanent and severe impairment. The Ombudsman's report reveals that the eligibility criteria are too restrictive and therefore deny access to the benefit to those veterans that need it the most.

The National Association of Federal Retirees is the largest national advocacy organization representing active and retired members of the federal public service, Canadian Armed Forces, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), and retired federally-appointed judges, as well as their partners and survivors. With 185,000 members including more than 50,000 veterans and their

families, the Association has a 50-year history of providing independent advocacy on issues affecting the financial security and health and well-being of our members and Canadians.

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