Le­gion Wel­comes New Min­is­ter of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs

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The Royal Canadian Le­gion wel­comes he an­nounce­ment of a new Min­is­ter of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs Canada, and hopes this move will bring bet­ter ac­tion from the cur­rent gov­ern­ment to the is­sues fac­ing Vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies.

"This is a po­lit­i­cal move and we will not con­cern our­selves with the rea­sons be­hind it," says Tom Ea­gles, Do­min­ion Pres­i­dent of The Royal Canadian Le­gion. "Re­gard­less of whom the Min­is­ter is at any given time, the Le­gion will con­tinue its ad­vo­cacy to en­sure Vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies are cared for. This is al­ways the num­ber one con­cern of the Le­gion," adds Ea­gles.

The Royal Canadian Le­gion will look for­ward to meet­ing with Mr. Erin O'Toole, the new Min­is­ter of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs Canada, to dis­cuss the long list of items it has been push­ing this gov­ern­ment for ac­tion on in 2014. Most im­me­di­ately, the gov­ern­ment is to re­spond to the ACVA re­port and the ac­tions it has taken to date by 30 Jan­uary. The Le­gion is look­ing for di­rec­tion from the gov­ern­ment on what steps it will take to en­sure all of the rec­om­men­da­tions from this re­port are car­ried out.

The Le­gion has been stri­dent in its ef­forts to push three spe­cific ar­eas of con­cern to Vet­er­ans: 1. The Earn­ing Loss Ben­e­fit (ELB) must be im­proved to pro­vide 100% of pre-re­lease in­come, con­tinue for life, and in­clude in­creases for pro­jected ca­reer earn­ings for a Canadian Armed Forces mem­ber;

2. The max­i­mum dis­abil­ity award must be in­creased con­sis­tent with what is pro­vided to in­jured civil­ian work­ers who re­ceived gen­eral dam­ages in law court; and

3. The cur­rent in­equity with re­gards to ELB for Class A and Class B (less than 180 days) Re­servists for ser­vice at­trib­uted in­juries must cease.

"The Le­gion has great ex­pec­ta­tions that this gov­ern­ment and all po­lit­i­cal par­ties will put the past be­hind, and move for­ward to cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment where Vet­er­ans know that this coun­try's obli­ga­tion to care for them when they need it will be met," says Ea­gles. "Given the out­pour­ing of sup­port Vet­er­ans saw this past Re­mem­brance Day, the Le­gion ex­pects all Cana­di­ans will want their gov­ern­ment to em­brace what­ever needs to be done to care for our Vet­er­ans now and in the fu­ture."

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