REPORT: Veterans Affairs Slammed For Allowing Repeated Unwanted Access Of Canadian Veteran’s Files

After a VAC supervisor was asked not to access the files of Canadian Veteran Blair Davis, the files were accessed over and over and over again.

As Veterans Affairs faces ongoing lawsuits from Canadian Veterans, and massive criticism for covering the PTSD treatment of a convicted criminal who never served in the military in any capacity, there are yet more problems.

Here’s part of a report from the Chronicle Herald:

Kim Davis is baffled that the acting area director for Veterans Affairs Canada in Halifax has accessed her husband’s information 15 times since he was asked to stay out of the files. On behalf of her husband Blair, Kim filed a request in December 2014 with Veterans Affairs that Robert (Doyle) Safire, the supervisor of Blair’s case manager at the time, no longer have access to his file. Blair served in the Canadian military as a cook for almost 11 years and was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

The veteran had asked to have a new case manager and supervisor in August 2014, after he felt they didn’t have his best interests in mind. “(Safire) said ‘You won’t get anything, it’ll be the same,’ ” recalled Kim in Halifax on Wednesday. “So all trust was gone.”

Yet, after all of this it seems Safire was still accessing the files – a whopping 15 times:

“But in 2016, the Lawrencetown couple who have been married for 24 years, discovered Safire had been accessing the file. “We even had my husband’s file moved to Cape Breton so he wouldn’t have access,” said Kim. Although this was a cause for concern, it was more alarming when they discovered Safire was the deciding factor in the VAC Emergency Assistance Fund Blair applied for earlier this year.”

On Facebook – in a group called “Canada’s Banished Veterans,” Davis wrote the following:

“Doyle Safire is in breach of my husband’s file. He was knowingly investigating a benefit my husband applied for and put the poor VAC staff member in a difficult position,” she wrote in May. “Today we learned he was leading the committee to decide on this benefit. I’m done!”

And then, instead of Veterans Affairs apologizing, correcting their errors, and showing respect to Blair and Kim Davis, a lawyer for Safire called Davis’ comments “defamatory” and demanded that they cease.

This fits with the pattern of things I’ve written about before: The government appears to deliberately make it as difficult as possible for Veterans to get help, forcing them to fight over and over again for even basic decency and respectful treatment.

It seems like the government is trying to save money by making the process as onerous as possible, hoping people will just give up and not get the benefits they deserve.

That is unacceptable. At a time when the federal government is going out of their way to help illegal border crossers with our taxpayer dollars, Veterans are still forced to navigate a broken and corrupt bureaucracy that violates the covenant we are supposed to have with those who served and sacrificed for our nation.

Spencer Fernando