Veterans will get upfront payments for services
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.