Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) - Foreign Countries Operations (FCO)FCO assists eligible Allied Veterans, who reside in Canada, with disability benefit applications through Allied governments as well as obtaining approved health benefits and services for the treatment of injuries or condition(s), which have been formerly recognized by an Allied government in relation to military service with their country's forces.
Foreign Countries Operations
Veterans Affairs Canada
66 Slater Street, Suite 1405
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0P4
Telephone: 1-888-996-2242 (toll free)
Veterans from the following Allied countries may be eligible for the listed benefits.
Disability Compensation is a benefit paid to US Veterans due to injuries or diseases that happened while on active duty or were aggravated by active military service. The amount of benefits paid depends on the extent of the disability. Veterans are also eligible to receive treatment benefits for their service-connected conditions.
Disability Pension is a benefit payable to Veterans with limited income and who are permanently and totally disabled. The Veteran must have served 90 days or more on active duty with at least one day during a period of war; have disabilities that prohibit gainful employment, and have a countable family income below a yearly limit set by law. The income limits are increased if the Veteran is in need of aid and attendance or is housebound. Income limits may be reduced by out-of-pocket medical expenses.
Death Pension is a monthly benefit paid to eligible survivors of deceased veterans. The benefit is for widows with limited income below the yearly limit set by law. The veteran must have served 90 days or more on active duty with at least one day during a period of war. The benefit may be increased if the widow is in need of aid and attendance or housebound. Income limits may be reduced by out-of-pocket medical expenses.
Dependency and Indemnity Compensation is paid to a survivor of a Veteran who died as a result of disease or injury incurred or aggravated in the line of duty while on active duty or active duty for training; while on inactive duty for training; a service-connected disability or a condition directly related to a service-connected disability. The survivor qualifies if the Veteran was continuously rated totally disabled for a period of ten years (10) immediately preceding death; continuously rated totally disabled from the date of military discharge and for at least five years immediately preceding death; or a former Prisoner Of War (POW) who died after September 30, 1999, and who was continuously rated totally disabled for a period of at least one year immediately preceding death.
US Department of Veterans Affairs
Medical and Regional Office North Hartland Rd.,
White River Junction, VT 05009 USA
War Disablement Pension is payable to compensate ex-members of Her Majestys Armed Forces for disablement due to or aggravated by service during wartime or peacetime. These pensions are paid in accordance with the extent of disability, assessed on a percentage scale. A range of supplementary allowances are also payable in certain circumstances (e.g., Unemployability Supplement, Mobility Supplement and Constant Attendance Allowance). Veterans are eligible to receive treatment benefits for their accepted conditions.
The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme is the compensation package for members of the Armed Forces, effective from 6 April 2005. It is designed to provide compensation, irrespective of fault, across the full range of circumstances in which illness, injury or death may arise as a result of service. The legislation replaced the previous arrangements under the War Pensions Scheme and the attributable elements of Armed Forces Pension Scheme 1975.
War widows pension is paid to a woman whose late husbands death was due to or hastened by service or where the late husband had entitlement to Constant Attendance Allowance or was in receipt of Unemployability Supplement and was 80% or more disabled.
Service Personnel and Veterans Agency
Norcross, Thornton Cleveleys, Lancashire, FY5 3WP
Telephone: 0044 1253 866043 (Overseas)
Disability Pension is paid to compensate Australian Veterans for injuries or diseases caused or aggravated by war service or certain defence service rendered on behalf of Australia before 1 July 2004. The amount of disability pension paid depends on the level of incapacity suffered as a result of war-caused or defence-caused injuries and diseases. Veterans are eligible to receive treatment benefits for accepted disability conditions.
War widows/widowers and orphans may be awarded pension to compensate widowed partners and dependants of Veterans who have died as a result of war service or eligible defence service. War widows/widowers pension is not affected by other income, except from other compensation payments.
The Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRCA) is the Commonwealths workers compensation legislation which applies to all employees of the Commonwealth, including members and former members of the Australian Defence Force. The SRCA provides a comprehensive package of compensation and rehabilitation benefits to those who suffer injury or illness as a result of their service prior to 1 July 2004.
The Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 provides treatment, rehabilitation and compensation for those who suffer an injury or contract a disease as a result of their service on or after 1 July 2004. The legislation also provides compensation to dependants of those who die as a result of their service or who have been severely injured as a result of their service on or after 1 July 2004.
Australian Department of Veterans Affairs
PO Box 21
Woden ACT 2606 Australia
Telephone: 0011 (+61) 2 6289 1111
War Disablement Pension is available to New Zealand Veterans as recognition of the ongoing impact of a disability or condition that is deemed to be attributable to service. A disability may occur during service or it may develop at a later date as a result of that service. The amount paid is based upon the level of disability, and is neither taxed nor asset tested. Veterans are eligible to receive treatment benefits for their accepted conditions.
Surviving Spouse Pension is also available to the partners of veterans who have died while on specified service; or whose death is deemed attributable to their service; or if they were in receipt of a War Disablement Pension of at least 70% at the time of death.
War Pensions Services Or Veterans' Affairs New Zealand
PO Box 9448 PO Box 5146
Hamilton, New Zealand
Telephone: 011 64 7 957 1306 Telephone: 011 (64) 4 495 2070