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.
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