A plan to live up to our promises to veterans

August 27, 2015   ·   0 Comments

Dear editor,
Canada has a social covenant with all the veterans who put their lives on the line for their country.
A Liberal government will uphold our sacred obligation to veterans and their families. We will give them the respect and appreciation that Canadians rightly expect, and ensure that veterans no longer have to fight the government for the support and compensation they have earned.
We will re-establish the option of a lifelong pension for veterans who have been injured while serving their country. This will restore veterans’ ability to choose the form of compensation that works best for them and their families. We will also expand access to income support for veterans with injuries that limit their career options and strengthen the program that protects the salaries of those in rehabilitation.
A Liberal government will ensure the higher standard of service Canadians expect. We will hire 400 new service delivery staff, re-open the nine service offices the Conservatives closed, create two new centres of excellence in veteran’s care, and implement the Auditor General’s recommendations on mental health services.
A Liberal government will provide support for up to four years of college, university or technical education for veterans after the completion of their service. This benefit will help ease veterans’ transition into civilian life and enhance our labour force skills.
We will also invest $100 million to expand support for the families of veterans, including education, counseling, and training for those providing care and support for veterans living with physical and/or mental health issues as a result of their service help to learn how to care for loved ones living with physical and mental issues as a result of their service, and increase the survivors pension.
Finally, Liberals will double the funding for the Last Post Fund to ensure that every veteran receives a dignified burial, regardless of their financial means.
Our veterans stand for the very best of what it means to be Canadian. For many, their commitment has come at a high cost. Liberals will ensure that our veterans and their families can look forward to the kind of future they are rightly owed.
Mike MacEachern
Liberal Candidate


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