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New initiatives come into effect
Serving You

New initiatives come into effect

On April 1, 2018, the new initiatives announced in the 2017 federal budget came into effect. As of that same date, the Canadian Forces Members and Veterans Re-establishment and Compensation Act became known as the Veterans Well-being Act (VWA). The Caregiver Recognition Benefit supports caregivers with a tax-free monthly benefit of $1,000 provided directly to them. A veteran is eligible for this benefit if the veteran has had an application for a disability award approved under section 45 of the VWA. Still-serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces are not eligible for the benefit. A veteran who resides in a health-care facility where the level of care provided eliminates the need for an informal caregiver is not eligible for the benefit. The Career Transition Services program ...
What marriage after 60 means for survivor health benefits
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What marriage after 60 means for survivor health benefits

One of the priorities in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s October mandate letter to Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence Seamus O’Regan was to eliminate the “marriage after 60” clawback clause in the Canadian Forces Superannuation Act, so that surviving spouses of veterans receive appropriate pension and health benefits. People contributing to pension plans expect to receive benefits equal to others making the same contributions. However, only contributors who marry before reaching age 60 are eligible to provide a pension for a surviving spouse. Those who choose to marry after age 60 are not. Many people who enter into a marriage after 60 are not informed that there will be no health benefits available to them if their new spouse dies, unless they are ...
Are you a veteran with dual entitlement?
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Are you a veteran with dual entitlement?

A veteran with dual entitlement is someone who has been (or may be) granted disability entitlement under both the Pension Act and the New Veterans Charter (NVC). The combined disability pension and disability award(s) paid to veterans with dual entitlement cannot exceed 100 per cent of the disability evaluation. For some veterans, it may be more beneficial to receive decisions on claims under the Pension Act before proceeding with claims under the NVC, or vice-versa. While each case is unique, veterans should consider some factors before proceeding with a new disability benefits application or a reassessment. These factors include whether or not you have a dependant to whom a survivor’s pension may be payable. If so, have you reached 48 per cent disability pension? How long since your ...
Serving You: Researching mental illness and addictions
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Serving You: Researching mental illness and addictions

The Royal Canadian Legion has been advocating for and supporting veterans and their families since 1926. High on the list of challenges facing veterans are mental illness and addiction­—which are closely linked. Much of the Legion’s work is focused on improving the system when it comes to mental health-related services. While the Legion doesn’t directly run programs to help with mental health issues, the Service Bureau Network does everything it can to help veterans and their families access related programs, services and benefits. A prime example is the Legion’s Operational Stress Injury (OSI) Special Section launched in 2017. It is a member-driven, peer-support network that offers help to veterans living with OSIs. The network also helps organize mental-health first aid courses acr...
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Mental health counselling available

What is the Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) Assistance Service? The VAC Assistance Service is a counselling and referral service, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week through a toll-free number to veterans, former RCMP members, their families and caregivers. The VAC Assistance Service is a voluntary and confidential service delivered through a nationwide team of mental health professionals. When you phone, you will speak to a mental health professional who will ask you questions to determine your needs and your location, and then match you up with a local mental health professional for face-to-face counselling. There is no cost for the services provided. What types of counselling are available? The VAC Assistance Service can provide up to 20 sessions of counselling in a number of ...
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New site, new connection

CAFconnection.ca is a new Canadian Armed Forces website that brings the contents of the FamilyForce and CF Community Gateway websites under one URL. It connects CAF members and families to local Military Family Resource Centres (MFRCs) and personnel support programs under the Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services through one single site. It improves and modernizes the way military members and their families access information and resources about local Canadian Armed Forces morale and welfare services. Family members who used to go to CF Community Gateway to access local recreation schedules, mess hours and registration for programs, and then had to go to FamilyForce to find local MFRC programming can now go to a single destination. The site is easy to navigate, full of images of Can...
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