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Legion Says Changes to War Veterans Allowance will Help Most Vulnerable Veterans

May 7 2013 12:00AM

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OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 05/07/13 -- Dominion President of The Royal Canadian Legion, Mr. Gordon Moore, noted with satisfaction the federal government's changes to War Veterans Allowance Benefits today at Legion Headquarters.

"The federal government's clawbacks of Veterans' disability benefits under the Pension Act has long been an issue of contention,' says Moore. "We are very pleased that Veterans Affairs Canada has appreciated the unfairness of these clawbacks and is now making it right for our most vulnerable Veterans and helping to improve their financial security," adds Moore.

"While we are looking for other improvements to ensure the highest quality of life-long care for all of our injured Veterans, these changes are a definite step in the right direction," he concludes.

These changes, which are expected to come into effect this year, means that disability benefits paid under the Pension Act will no longer be deducted from the calculation of War Veterans Allowance Benefits payments. According to VAC statistics, these changes will improve the quality of life and financial security for more than 5,000 Veterans and survivors.

About the Legion

Established in 1926, the Legion is the largest Veterans service organization in Canada with more than 320,000 members. Its mission is to serve all Veterans including serving Canadian Forces and Royal Canadian Mounted Police members and their families, to promote Remembrance and to serve our communities and our country.

The Legion's Service Bureau Officers can assist and represent CF members Veterans, RCMP members and their families regarding disability claims or related issues with Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) and the Veterans Review and Appeal Board (VRAB). In communities across Canada, it is the Legion that perpetuates Remembrance through the Poppy campaign and Remembrance Day ceremonies, With more than 1,450 branches, The Legion supports programs for seniors, Veterans housing, Long Term Care, youth leadership, education, sports, Cadets, Guides and Scouts. We will Remember Them.



Contacts:
Bruce Poulin
Dominion Command, The Royal Canadian Legion
1-613-591-3335 ext. 241
cell: 1-613-292-8760
bruce.poulin@legion.ca





Source: Marketwire


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