Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Veterans News

One-on-One Service

VA announces additional 100 case workers

Released by Robert Pearsall, PA to MP Mark Strahl

 

ark Strahl, MP for Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon praised Minister of Veterans Affairs, the Honourable Erin O’Toole’s announcement to hire more than 100 new permanent case managers to provide improved one-on-one service for Veterans.

 

“Case managers will be able to dedicate more time and attention to the individual needs of each Veteran ensuring that they and their families receive the support and services they need when they need them,” said Strahl.

 

Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) will deliver on its service excellence commitment by reducing caseloads to an average of 30 Veterans for each VAC case manager. VAC frontline employees will work in locations where they are needed the most.

 

Minister O’Toole has also announced that VAC would continue to work with the Department of National Defence (DND) to access medical records as quickly as possible in order to reduce the amount of time Veterans wait for decisions on disability benefits applications.  

 

Today’s announcement builds on recent commitments, including:

• the new Retirement Income Security Benefit, which would provide moderately to severely disabled Veterans—those who need it most—with continued assistance in the form of a monthly income support payment beginning at age 65.
• the new Family Caregiver Relief Benefit, which would provide eligible Veterans with a tax-free, annual grant of $7,238 so that their informal caregivers—who are often their spouse or other devoted family members—will have flexibility or relief when they need it while also ensuring that the Veterans’ care needs are met.
• the proposed new Critical Injury Benefit, which will provide a $70,000 tax-free payment to recognize and compensate the most severely injured or ill Canadian Armed Forces members and Veterans.
• broadened eligibility criteria for the Permanent Impairment Allowance (PIA) which, together with the PIA Supplement, provides approximately $600 to $2,800 a month in life-long monthly financial support to Veterans whose career advancement opportunities have been limited by a permanent service-related injury or illness.
• enhanced benefits for injured part-time Reserve Force members and Veterans, who will now be assured the same minimum income support payment through the Earnings Loss Program as full-time Reserve Force and Regular Force Veterans.

The process to staff these positions are underway and implementation will be accomplished on a priority basis.

 

Contact your MP at www.markstrahl.com or visit his office at 7388 Vedder Rd #102 or by calling (604) 847-971.

 

 

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