A Unique – But Fleeting – Opportunity

Ottawa – June 14, 2013

We have a unique – but fleeting – opportunity before us.

With the enactment of the Enhanced New Veterans Charter Act (Bill C-55) on October 3, 2011, and amendments to the Canadian Forces Members and Veterans Re-establishment and Compensation Regulations, commonly known as the New Veterans Charter, the Government of Canada made several needed improvements to Veterans' benefits, including: an increased minimum amount of the monthly Earnings Loss Benefit financial support; increased monthly financial support for more seriously injured or ill Veterans who are no longer able to work; improved access to the monthly Exceptional Incapacity Allowance and Permanent Impairment Allowance for seriously injured or ill Veterans; and new payment options for the disability award. These changes were the first step taken by the Government of Canada to ensure that the New Veterans Charter is indeed a "living charter."

Bill C-55 also included a clause that stated that a comprehensive review of the Enhanced New Veterans Charter Act would be undertaken within two years of its coming into force by designated/established Senate or House of Commons Committees. This review offers a unique opportunity to broaden the parliamentary examination of the New Veterans Charter and its shortcomings, and to create and institutionalize a forward-looking, periodic review process to assess the evolving needs of Veterans and their families.

The time for action is now. Within the Veterans’ community, there is a strong consensus that additional changes to the New Veterans Charter are needed urgently, particularly concerning the transition of Veterans from military to civilian life.

This is not the time to remain silent; this is the time to get involved. Many voices with a common message are needed now to help ensure that full advantage is taken of this unique opportunity for the benefit of Canada’s Veterans and their families.

Guy

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Andre said:

Recent cut backs from the revision of 2011 to the VIP Program now paying only 50% of our expenses versus 75% when the program first started is now causing more stress financially to low income veterans then before. They got use hooked on two most needed services being housekeeping and groundkeeping in order to keep our homes and now because of the heavy debts caused by our current government we have to pay more to get the same service as before. Totally unfair cut backs that will cause many veterans to reduce the amount of services from our providers in order to meet our monthly budget and they wonder why the young generation at large is unwilling to join the Canadian Forces nowadays seeing the way veterans are treated after.

July 23, 2013 1:39 PM

wondering veteran said:

If this is such a unique opportunity when or will you be scheduling a town hall on Vancouver Island?

June 24, 2013 11:42 PM

Office of the Veterans Ombudsman

The Ombudsman visited British Columbia in 2012 and at this time we do not have a town hall scheduled on Vancouver Island. As soon as events are scheduled we update the Ombudsman's calendar on our web site, so be sure to check back often. In the meantime, if you would like to host a Veterans Ombudsman town hall in your area, please contact us at communication@ombudsman-veterans.gc.ca.

July 8, 2013 3:57 PM

Cathie said:

Earnings loss needs to be higher. I cannot live on $2200.00 a month.

June 22, 2013 10:27 PM