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B.C. court rules against injured veterans in fight for disability pensions

Last Updated Dec 4, 2017 at 12:13 pm PDT

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Summary

Six veterans say they've been unfairly treated due to overhaul to how gov't compensates those injured in line of service

BC Court of Appeal strikes down veteran's claim

Lawyer representing veterans may try to take case to Supreme Court of Canada

OTTAWA – A group of injured veterans have suffered a major setback in their landmark legal battle with the federal government.

The six veterans allege that they have been unfairly treated because of a major overhaul in 2006 to the way the government compensates those injured in the line of service.

The changes included replacing lifelong disability pensions with a lump-sum payment, career training and targeted income support — a package of benefits the veterans say adds up to less than the previous pension system.

The vets had scored a victory in 2014 when a B.C. Supreme Court justice ruled that there was enough merit to the case to proceed to trial.

But the B.C. Court of Appeal today struck down the veterans’ claim in its entirety after the federal government appealed the lower court’s decision.

Don Sorochan, the lawyer representing the vets, says he will have to consult with his clients to determine whether they want to try to take the matter all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada.