Almost 40,000 Canadian veterans waiting to receive disability benefits as of November – National

Almost 40,000 Canadian veterans waiting to receive disability benefits as of November - National

OTTAWA — Despite repeated promises to fix the mess, the number of veterans waiting to find out whether they qualify for disability benefits has continued to grow, and there are fears the turmoil will only worsen in the coming weeks. New figures from Veterans Affairs Canada show nearly 40,000 veterans were waiting at the end […]

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Disabled, non-verbal woman raped and impregnated at Florida health-care facility: lawsuit – National

Disabled, non-verbal woman raped and impregnated at Florida health-care facility: lawsuit - National

A 23-year-old woman with severe physical and intellectual disabilities was raped and impregnated at a Florida health-care facility, her family alleges. The woman suffers from profound intellectual disabilities as well as an array of physical ailments including seizures, foot contractures and a deformed spine. She is “non-verbal, immobile, lacks dexterity in her hands and arms” and […]

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Sharing is caring: Santa pours ‘milk’ down boy’s feeding tube in photo – National

Sharing is caring: Santa pours ‘milk’ down boy’s feeding tube in photo - National

An Indiana mother hopes a viral image of Santa Claus pouring formula down her son’s feeding tube will raise awareness to kids with disabilities and their needs. Beth Salzbrenner posted a photo Dec. 9 of her son, Austin Maners, on social media. The image featured a mall Santa sharing a cookie and pouring formula — […]

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‘The sea is where I feel peace and freedom’: Blind Spanish surfer aims for world title – National

‘The sea is where I feel peace and freedom’: Blind Spanish surfer aims for world title - National

Carmen Lopez can only imagine what the sea looks like, but the blind 21-year-old Spaniard is in her element riding the surf. Guided by instinct and signals whistled by her coach, Lopez has been training hard to become Spain’s first blind female athlete to enter the World Adaptive Surfing Championship in La Jolla, California, on Wednesday. Read more: Blind, partially […]

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Parliament unanimously approves plan to stop leaving money unspent at Veterans Affairs Canada – National

Parliament unanimously approves plan to stop leaving money unspent at Veterans Affairs Canada - National

An NDP plan to end the practice of leaving money unspent at Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) was unanimously approved by the House of Commons Tuesday afternoon, just five days before Remembrance Day and the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Proposed Monday and voted on Tuesday, the NDP motion says the […]

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Veteran with disability calls out MSNBC for blocking accessible parking spot when he tried to vote – National

Veteran with disability calls out MSNBC for blocking accessible parking spot when he tried to vote - National

A U.S. war veteran with a disability called out news outlet MSNBC for blocking an accessible parking spot outside of a polling station in Houston, Texas, to do a live report. Air Force vet James Berrie arrived at an early polling station on Tuesday to find a reporter and camera crew using the accessible parking […]

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Injured veterans forced to wait months for support, disability benefits, government watchdog finds – National

Injured veterans forced to wait months for support, disability benefits, government watchdog finds - National

OTTAWA – The federal government has been slammed in a watchdog’s new report for causing added frustration and stress to many injured veterans as they are forced to wait months longer than promised to find out if they qualify for disability benefits and other supports. Veterans ombudsman Guy Parent’s scathing report follows a review of […]

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