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Day: May 6, 2022

VAC introduces upgraded mental health supports
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VAC introduces upgraded mental health supports

Up to two years of mental health services are now available for veterans who apply, or have applied, to Veterans Affairs Canada seeking benefits.  “Early intervention and faster access to mental health services will lead to improved health outcomes for veterans,” said VAC spokesman Josh Bueckert in an e-mail.  Before April 1 this year, veterans required proof of a diagnosed medical condition and disability related to their service in order to have disability benefits approved. They would then qualify for treatement for mental health care.  As of March 2022, there was a backlog of 34,000 unprocessed disability benefit applications, creating up to a two-year lag for mental health care while a veteran waits for approval.  The 2021 federal budget provided $140 million over five years and...

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