04 May 2012
Ottawa – Patricia (Pat) Varga, the Dominion President of The Royal Canadian Legion says the federal government must honour the landmark Federal Court decision regarding the Service Income Security Insurance Plan (SISIP) which ruled in favour of injured veterans.
The decision concludes that Canada has applied a substantial limitation on injured veterans which deprives the most serious disabled veterans from recovering much, if anything, for their loss of income.
Pat Varga commends Denis Manuge who brought this challenge to the Federal Court. “His courage and tenacity on behalf of all Veterans should be commended,” she says.
The Royal Canadian Legion has for many years advocated that the federal government must end this unfair practice of clawing back veterans compensation received for injuries as a result of their service to Canada from their SISIP benefits. “Veterans were there for us and now we need to be there for them,” states Varga.
This decision should not be viewed in terms of deficit reduction but rather recognizing the contribution and sacrifices of the men and women who serve this country on our behalf. The Royal Canadian Legion and its more than 330,000 members and their families strongly urge the government to do the right thing and not appeal this decision.
Patricia Varga is the Dominion President of The Royal Canadian Legion. A black and white picture of the Dominion President is available at www.legion.ca/PVarga.jpg .
For further information please contact Bruce Poulin at Dominion Command, The Royal Canadian Legion, at (613) 591-3335 ext. 241 or by cell at (613) 292-8760.
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