It has come to the Royal Canadian Legion’s attention that some unscrupulous people are charging fees to disabled veterans to help them complete disability claims.
To make matters worse, they are also making arrangements to take a percentage of the disability award when it is granted.
This must stop immediately.
While veterans are free to have anyone they desire help them with disability claims, they should not be charged for this service.
We are also concerned that some veterans may be uninformed about assistance that is also readily available free of charge.
The Royal Canadian Legion is well suited to help identify and complete disability claims for veterans for free.
For more than 80 years, we have provided exemplary and outstanding services to our veterans, including our serving members in the CF, the RCMP and their families free of charge — and these people do not have to be legion members.
As we prepare to commemorate the sacrifices and accomplishments our veterans made for this country during the Battle of Vimy Ridge some 95 years ago, Canadians should remember the immense debt of gratitude we still owe our veterans.
Any veteran or family member can call 1-877-534-4666 or visit our website, legion.ca, for free assistance with your Veterans Affairs Canada Disability Application.
It is only just that they receive this service for free.
PATRICIA (PAT) VARGA
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition April 7, 2012