Saturday, February 03, 2007
Agent Orange - Greg Thompson receives an email!!!
The incident is so typical in the handling of the "agent orange" issue.
For a goverment that prides itself on being transparent it is very restrictive with its information.
Again - the veteran is disrepected.
The Hon. Greg Thompson
Minister of Veteran Affairs
Dear Mr. Thompson
Today I called Veteran Affairs Canada (VAC)to determine the number of veterans who have received pensions because of the devastating harm caused by defoliant spraying at CFB Gagetown New Brunswick.
The VAC representative answering the phone did not have access to that information.
I thought that individual was mistaken so I called VAC's "1-800" number again thinking I would speak to another representative.
The second VAC representative claimed they did not have access to that information either.
The representatives were both professional and courteous. One representative gave me a phone number (1-800-883-6094) telling me that this was the number that military family and civilians "could call to apply for compensation."
I called the given number and was told that compensation for military family and civilians was not being considered.
It is obvious that your department is failing in communicating vital information to your staff.
It disturbs me that VAC encourages individuals to call VAC only to have those individuals misinformed or not informed at all.
It is apparent that your department's management need to be bring staff up to date on the "Agent Orange" issue.
This is not a reflection on the front line workers. It is a reflection on management who is obviously failing in informing their staff.
I trust that you will make appropriate use of my suggestion.
Agent Orange Association of Canada
The CFB Gagetown Agent Orange petition is located at www.petitiononline.com/aoalert