Brandon, MB - On behalf of the Honourable Erin O'Toole, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon- Souris, today honoured the Government of Canada's pledge to ensure that part-time Reserve Force Veterans have the support they deserve.
"Our Government is committed to providing all Veterans, Reserve or Regular Force, with the support they need and deserve," said Maguire. "By improving benefits for injured part-time Reserve Force Veterans we are honouring and respecting their service and sacrifice."
Proposed changes focus on Veterans Affairs Canada's Earnings Loss (EL) benefit, which provides income support for Veterans with service-related injuries while they are participating in the Rehabilitation program or unable to be suitably employed.
Currently, part-time Reserve Force Veterans in receipt of the Earnings Loss Benefit are eligible for an annual EL benefit of $24,300. Beginning in April, all Veterans of the Reserve Force eligible for the EL benefit will receive a minimum annual income of $42,426 (the current EL benefit of a basic Corporal in the Regular Force). Survivors of part-time Reserve Force Veterans who died as a result of service will also benefit from this change.
The Honourable Erin O'Toole, Minister of Veterans Affairs said, "All of Canada's Veterans, not just some, have earned the right to be treated with care, compassion and respect. We would not have been able to do 12 years in Afghanistan without the Reserves. Today, we honour our Government's commitment to make the Earnings Loss Benefit the same for both Regular and Reserve Force Veterans. All Veterans who are injured or ill as a result of serving their country will be provided the same minimum level of income. This is the right and fair course of action."
"We have listened and acted on the advice of the Veterans Ombudsman, the House Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs and the feedback I have received from Veterans. This is yet another example of how we are taking action to improve services to Veterans and their families."