New Minister appointed to the Veterans Affairs portfolio

Today’s cabinet shuffle sees a new Minister appointed to the Veterans Affairs portfolio during a critical time in the evolution of Veteran care. With less than three months away from the Government’s implementation of Pension for Life, a new suite of disability benefits for Veterans and their families, there are still many questions and concerns from the Veteran community as to how it will address the disparities in current benefits. This is no time for disruption or learning curves.

Royal Canadian Legion Dominion President, Tom Irvine, welcomes Jody Wilson-Raybould as the new Minister of Veterans Affairs, and takes this opportunity to reinforce the Legion’s position: It is crucial that the Federal Government and Veterans Affairs Canada uphold their promise to address the gaps in financial support and care for Canada’s ill and injured Veterans and their families. We hold the Government to their commitment with expectation for the implementation and effective and detailed communication of Pension for Life benefits by the April deadline.

The Royal Canadian Legion remains steadfast in ensuring the care and benefits of Canada’s Veterans are the best they can possibly be and that all governments honour their obligations to the men and women who serve in the Canadian Armed Forces.

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