THE LEGION STILL CARES
We are pleased to co-operate with Veterans
Affairs Canada to ensure that all eligible
veterans, ex-service persons and dependents receive benefits to which they may be
entitled. The following brief outlines may help
you to determine whether you may qualify.
1. DISABILITY PENSION
which were incurred during Active Force
service (wartime), during an assignment in a
Special Duty Area (peacetime) or which
arose out of or were directly connected with
peacetime service may be pensionable. It is
essential to have an up-to-date diagnosis of
the condition and your statement describing
the relationship of the disability to service. If
you have a pension, when were you last
examined? Do you require special attention
because of your pensioned condition?
2. WAR VETERANS ALLOWANCE
This income related program ensures that a qualified person receives the maximum
permissible monthly income.
Qualifications -- age 60 male; 55 female;
service in a theatre of war or in receipt of a
wartime disability pension; income from all
sources with certain exemptions must be at
or below the permissible level.
3. VETERANS INDEPENDENCE PROGRAM
Qualified persons may receive residential
care; nursing home intermediate care; ambulatory health care and assistance with
housekeeping and groundskeeping.
Qualifications -- Veterans 65 years of age
or older, with particular health needs, who
would receive WVA except for the excess
income from GAS; pensioners with needs
related directly to their war incurred
4. TREATMENT PROGRAMS
WVA and VIP recipients are eligible to receive treatment benefits such as medical, dental,
pharmaceutical, eye glasses, hearing aids
and prosthetic devices. Disability pensioners
may receive treatment for their specific pensioned condition(s).
5. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
Naval, Army and Air Force Benevolent Funds may
assist qualified persons to overcome an
unexpected financial crisis; financial assistance may also be available from sources in
U.K., the Soldiers' Aid Commission (Ontario),
Legion Poppy Funds (provincial and
branch); educational assistance may also be
offered through Legion bursary programs.
VETERANS INDEPENDENCE PROGRAM
April 1, 1989 - Canada Service Veterans
Eligibility is based on:
- a service requirement of at least 365 days
during the First or Second World War in
Canada or in Newfoundland, as full-time
active members of the Canadian Armed
Forces or of Forces recruited in
- an age requirement of 65 years of age or over; and
- a low income (generally, a veteran receiving the Guaranteed Income Supplement
would meet the income requirement).
RESUMPTION OF PENSION
- Authority now exists to permit the resumption of pensions which had been discontinued
upon the remarriage of the widow(er).
If you feel that you may qualify
for any of the above, contact the Service Officer Earle Fraser.
You may leave a message for him at 604-574-5300.
LEGION SERVICE IS FREE