Letter to the Editor
12 April 2012
Ottawa –“The Royal Canadian Legion is very happy with the changes announced by Minister McKay to the Canadian Forces Long Term Disability program,” says Patricia (Pat) Varga, Dominion President of the organization. She was commenting on the news released this week by the Department of National Defence.
“It is a step in the right direction to bring these benefits for medically released people in line with the Earnings Loss Benefit offered by Veterans Affairs Canada to disabled veterans,” she adds.
The Canadian Forces Long Term Disability program is administered by the Service Income Security Insurance Plan. Until the announcement yesterday there was a difference in what it paid to those on medical release from the Canadian Forces and what the Earnings Loss Benefit under the New Veterans Charter provided to those disabled by their service.
“The department has provided this increase to the program without increasing the premiums paid by military members, and it is retroactive. This will make a lot of people happy,” she concludes.
Patricia Varga is the Dominion President of The Royal Canadian Legion. A black and white picture of the Dominion President is available at www.legion.ca/PVarga.jpg .
For further information please contact Bruce Poulin at Dominion Command, The Royal Canadian Legion, at (613) 591-3335 ext. 241 or by cell at (613) 292-8760.
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