Veterans cannot have confidence in VRAB decisions when VRAB Board members fail to demonstrate respect for Human Rights within the organization itself.
When the Minister will focus on changing the denial culture of VRAB is anyone's guess.
I thank Danielle Gauthier of the VRAB
for her prompt response to my enquiry a few weeks ago.
Prior to 2001 the VRAB had only given out three awards.
To be fair to the board, Gauthier also advises me that since 2001, 36,000 applications to the VRAB have resulted in favourable decisions, but we rarely hear from them.
The proposed legislation would, within three years, repeal and replace VRAB with a simplified medical and evidence-based peer review process with veterans representatives included in the selection of members.
I thank VRAB for helping me keep in business--I get more letters, e-mails and phone calls on that topic
It would also eliminate input from VRAB
and the endless series of appeals.
My main gripe is that the VRAB
has too few ex-military members--one is supposed to be "judged by his peers" and I consider my peers to be veterans
I would I temper this report by stating that, in my own case, an appeal to the VRAB
was dealt with both favourably and reasonably quickly.
As the Canadian Press recently reported, Harold Leduc, a well-regarded veteran and member ot the Veterans Review and Appeal Board (VRAB
), had his personal information improperly disclosed to his fellow VRAB
members in an attempt to question his integrity and his ability to do the job.
Harold Leduc--some of whose associates conducted the campaign, reportedly alleging that he was too biased in favour of veteran applicants--received $4,000 in compensation from VRAB
and other members.