Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Veterans News

Benefits for Life 

RISB to kick in for disabled vets at age 65

By Robert Pearsall, PA to MLA Mark Strahl

 

hilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP, Mark Strahl applauded an announcement by the Honourable Erin O'Toole, Minister of Veterans Affairs to create a new lifetime benefit for veterans. The Retirement Income Security Benefit (RISB) would provide a monthly income support payment for moderately to severely disabled veterans after the age of 65.

 

"The Retirement Income Security Benefit represents our Government's continued efforts to ensure veterans and their families receive the lifelong support and services they need," said Strahl.

The RISB would begin at age 65 when the Earnings Loss Benefit upon which many moderately to severely disabled Veterans rely ends. It would ensure that an eligible veteran's total income after the age of 65 is at least 70 per cent of what she or he received in financial benefits from Veterans Affairs.

Monthly payments would be calculated on a case-by-case basis, taking into account how much the veteran was receiving before age 65 and other sources of income he or she may have beyond the age of 65.

Speaking to the announcement of the creation of a new lifetime benefit for veterans, Guy Parent, Canada's Veterans Ombudsman said, "The Retirement Income Security Benefit meets the intent of my recommendation to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs on the most urgent New Veterans Charter shortcoming: after age 65 financial support. I congratulate the Minister of Veterans Affairs for his leadership on this issue and I encourage all parliamentarians to pass this new pension benefit without delay."

Minister O'Toole, recognizing the complexity of financial benefits available for moderately to severely disabled veterans, pledged as part of a continued commitment to veteran-centric care, to examine ways to combine new and existing supports into a single monthly pension for veterans.

 

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Veterans News

Strahl Highlights Earning Loss Benefits 

Injured Reservists to see increased benefits

By Robert Pearsall, PA to MLA Mark Strahl

 

hilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP, Mark Strahl highlighted today's announcement that would see the annual income of a part-time injured reservists receiving the Earnings Loss Benefit rise from $24,300 to a minimum of $42,300.

"Our Government is committed to ensuring that all Veterans and their families are treated with care and compassion," said Strahl.

Currently, part-time Reserve Force Veterans participating in Veterans Affairs Canada's Rehabilitation Program receive an annual Earnings Loss Benefit of $24,300. Beginning in April 2015, all Veterans -part-time Reserve Force Veterans and Regular Force Veterans -will be eligible for the same minimum annual income of $42,426.

"Today, we are recognizing the critical role played by the men and women in the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves. Reservists served with distinction in Afghanistan and when they deploy, they share the same risks in duty that Regular Force members do. Canadians respect the commitment to juggle civilian employment and military service and today, I am ensuring reservists injured in the service to Canada are treated fairly. Our Government will extend the Earnings Loss Benefit to our Reserve Force Veterans to help the Veterans and their families recover from their injury and make a successful transition to civilian life. I want to thank the Ombudsman and other stakeholders for their work advancing this issue and supporting our CAF Reserves," the Honourable Erin O'Toole, Minister of Veterans Affairs.

Strahl noted while enhancing benefits for part-time reservists is the focus of today's announcement, it must be viewed as part of a spectrum of services and supports available to Veterans. Reserve Force Veterans who are injured as a result of military service-regardless of rank or class-have access to other benefits from VAC such as treatment benefits, the Veterans Independence Program (VIP), Career Transition Services, financial benefits and disability benefits.

 

 

Friday, March 13, 2015

Veterans News

Reserve Veterans to Receive Full Benefits 

More on disabled veterans

By Veterans Affairs

n behalf of the Honourable Erin O'Toole, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon–Souris, today announced part-time Reserve Force Veterans will have the support they deserve, honouring a pledge made by the Government of Canada.

Today's announcement focused on the Veterans Affairs Canada's (VAC) Earnings Loss (EL) Benefit, which provides income support for Veterans with service-related injuries while they are participating in VAC's Rehabilitation Program or who are unable to be suitably employed.

Currently, part-time Reserve Force Veterans in receipt of the Earnings Loss Benefit are eligible for an annual EL Benefit of $24,300. Through changes aimed at ensuring respect for reservists, beginning in April 2015, all Veterans of the Reserve Force eligible for the EL Benefit will be ensured a minimum annual income of $42,426, which is the current EL Benefit of a basic corporal in the Regular Force. This is a big step forward for those who need it the most, and responds to concerns raised by the Veterans Ombudsman and the House of Commons' Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs regarding fair treatment of Canada's reservists.

Survivors of part-time Reserve Force Veterans who lose their lives as a result of service will also benefit from this change.

  • The EL Benefit is a taxable monthly benefit that ensures Veterans' total income will be at least 75% of their pre-release military salary while they are participating in rehabilitation or unable to be suitably employed.

 

 

 

 

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