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e-2638 (Veterans' affairs)

Initiated by John Greigson from Balmoral, Manitoba

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Minister of Veterans Affairs

  • There is currently a backlog of approximately 24 months for the adjudication of benefits through Veterans Affairs Canada for members of the Canadian Armed Forces and the RCMP;
  • There are currently claims in process for approximately 44,000 men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces and the RCMP;
  • These claims are related to injuries or trauma accumulated in service to Canada;
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is the #1 cause of disability claims currently in process;
  • Claims due to PTSD are virtually all supported during the claims process; and
  • This backlog is adversely affecting the mental and physical well-being of all veterans and their families.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Minister of Veterans Affairs to:
1. Expeditiously eliminate the excessive wait times for benefits resulting from an overburdened administrative process;
2. Immediately provide disability benefits for claims of PTSD for active and retired service members from the Canadian Armed Forces and the RCMP;
3. Provide additional resources to Veterans Affairs Canada to streamline the administrative processes involved in the disability benefits program;
4. Provide the funding necessary to support the well-being of our veterans and their families.
Open for signature
June 3, 2020, at 11:20 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
September 1, 2020, at 11:20 a.m. (EDT)
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Conservative Caucus
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