pensions for cluster sufferers

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Posted by les ( on July 21, 2001 at 02:42:49:

Hi folks

Well it's been a long time since i have visited this site to long actually.

I'm am a cronic sufferer almost on a daily basis. the days i don't get one i normally get 2 the next day so no real day off and have had up to 6 per day for a few weeks every now and again just to really mess me up.

Anyways on to the topic. I am currently a member of the Canadian armed forces and applied a year or so ago for a pension for a crushed finger from a tour in kosovo, and under advise of veterans affairs my cluster headaches. so finally i got a letter in the mail the other day that i have been approved for both.of course i must go see their doctors to be assesed to determine just how badly i suffer so they can say how much i will recieve.

Also some info that may or may not have made a difference in why i got it was because i was officially declared a cluster headache sufferer while on tour in bosnia 97 and from what i understand is the main reason i am getting the pension even though i suffered with them before going it wasn't official.

here is what is written: Chronic Cluster Headaches is pensionable under subsection 21(1) of the pension act, service in a special duty area (bosnia),effective 16 february 2000 under subsection 39 (1) of the same act.

This may help some people out and it may not. i posted this because i remember some people in both the U.S. and canadian military had concerns about this a long time ago and i am sure still do.I wanted to inform people that it is possible to attain a pension but it may not be easy.i may have been in just the right place at the right time to make it possible for me.

hope some this helps someone else.


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