Ottawa Citizen

Veter­ans will get up­front pay­ments for ser­vices

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War veter­ans faced with the daunt­ing task of shov­el­ling out this win­ter at least will have an eas­ier time cov­er­ing the cost. The fed­eral government is putting into ef­fect long promised changes to how it helps veter­ans re­main self-suf­fi­cient. Be­gin­ning Jan. 1, veter­ans will get money from the government twice a year to pay for house­keep­ing and grounds main­te­nance. The grants will be based on lo­cal rates for the ser­vices and in­di­vid­ual needs. The move takes away the re­quire­ment for veter­ans to sub­mit re­ceipts for those ser­vices to get paid back.

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