Widow wins nine-year battle with Veterans Affairs over cancer coverage
The Chronicle Herald
November 3, 2018
“When he was diagnosed and we met with his oncologist for the first time, she asked was he exposed to chemicals. And we said, yes. He looked at me and he said, ‘Hon, the Persian Gulf War did this to me.’ He asked me to pursue it on his behalf and I did.”Natasha Mohr stubbornly sticks to her promises.
Unfortunately, the Canadian Forces do not, she said.
“Sign on the dotted line, you’ll be taken care of,” Mohr, 49, said of commitments the Forces and the federal government make to military personnel. “And that is not so.”
Mohr said the broken promises to her Lower Sackville family began after Christmas Day, 2008, the morning her husband, Petty Officer Rick Mohr, passed away in her arms of brain cancer that was related to his 22-year naval career.
It took nine long years for Veterans Affairs Canada to begrudgingly agree that his death was service related.
Petty Officer Mohr had been diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain tumour, just more than two months earlier.
“He was a brilliant naval communicator and even more so, he was a loving father and husband,” Natasha Mohr said.
Rick Mohr was only 42. His death crushed his wife and the couple’s son and daughter, both in their teens.
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