NCA Veterans Policy Statement

Introduction

The National Citizens Alliance (NCA) is committed to ensuring that all veterans injured while serving Canada receive sufficient treatment when they return home or are injured while on duty. This extends to medical care, support for veterans transitioning back into civilian life, and assistance for the immediate families of deceased veterans.

Currently, the principle legislation involving veterans are the Pension Act (1985), the New Veterans Charter (2006), and Veterans Review and Appeal Board Act (1995).

The National Citizens Alliance supports the following:

● Establish the Canadian government’s inherent legal and moral obligation to care for veterans injured while serving Canada, whether in war or peacetime and regardless of time of service, in all relevant Acts of Parliament

● Eliminate the Veterans Review and Appeal Board

● Replace the Veterans Review and Appeal Board with an independent board comprised of veterans with relevant medical and/or legal knowledge and expertise. Create an independent Veterans Court made up of federal judges and administered by the Federal Court. The medical/legal board would review and determine appeals of veteran applications previously rejected by Veterans Affairs Canada. The Veterans Court would hear judicial reviews of veteran applications, and have final binding say on the application decisions and judgements

● Veteran medical/legal board and Veterans Court will determine the outcome of reviews and appeals of veteran applications using the legal standard established in the Veteran Review and Appeal Board Act

● Select a panel made up of of an equal proportion of key stakeholders, veteran association representatives, members of the public, and federal government representatives to appoint the veterans ombudsman

● Allow veterans who believe they have been unjustly treated by the VRAB to have their cases reheard by the veteran medical/legal board

● Ensure that payments to veterans through the New Veterans Charter are at least equivalent to the monetary value of veteran pensions under the Pension Act

● Ensure that medical and support facilities treat all injured and/or disabled veterans equally regardless of rank

● As consistent with our foreign policy, never put our armed forces in harms way through conflicts centered on nation-building and economic exploitation, and never use our armed forces as a means to an end such as attaining a non-veto seat on the United Nations Security Council

Conclusion

The NCA is committed to guaranteeing inclusive and high-quality medical treatment and support for veterans at any cost. The NCA will work with any political party to bring about necessary changes to the current veteran policies.

Created: 2014-02-22; last updated: 2017-09-28

The NCA membership vote on 2014-2-22. The vote resulted in 100 percent of membership in favour of the Veterans Policy Statement with a 100 percent quorum. This vote outcome satisfies the minimum 70 percent membership support and 50 percent quorum required for adoption of policies as per the NCA Founding Document.

The NCA welcomes feedback on its policies. Please send policy feedback to info@nationalcitizensalliance.ca

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