Last Updated: Feb 14, 2013 8:55 PM EThttp://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/story/2013/02/14/ns-disabled-vet-clawback-hearing-day-1.html
"Veterans have fought and won a six-year battle to get money for comrades who have been disabled in a conflict zone or at home. CBC
Alisa Sellar, whose husband is a veteran who suffers from MS, says the settlement will change her family's life. CBC
Dennis Manuge, the lead plantiff in a class-action lawsuit against the federal government, is a former mechanic who was injured in 2003. CBC
An almost $900-million class-action settlement over the clawback of military pensions is expected to be completed over the next two days in Halifax.
On Thursday, dozens of the 7,500 disabled veterans involved in the suit attended a hearing, which is the last step in the Federal Court process that has taken more than six years.
Many people at the hearing said they are relived the ordeal will soon be over.
The veterans sued the federal government because their long-term disability benefits were being reduced by the amount of their disability pensions, with some of the most gravely injured not receiving any of their pension.
Veterans have been complaining about the clawback of various benefits since the new Veterans Charter was introduced in 2006.
Alisa Sellar, whose husband is a veteran with multiple sclerosis, said this deal will finally give her family their life back.
"We don't have to sell our house anymore is what this means," she said.
"And my husband is very, very happy because he doesn't have to worry about me and the kids. He's been in a nursing home for six years. He's had MS for 25 years. His main concern is us and this to him means he won't have to worry about us anymore."
The lead plaintiff in the case is Dennis Manuge, a former solider who was injured in 2003. He has fought in the courts for more than six years to get money for veterans who have been disabled in a conflict zone or at home..."
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