OTTAWA, ON – Today’s announcement by VAC to propose changes to expand the Permanent Impairment Allowance (PIA) and implement a Family Care Relief Benefit (FCRB) program is very much welcomed by the Legion.
“Reducing the number of criteria in order to qualify for PIA allows a greater number of severely and permanently injured Veterans to become eligible for PIA and this is a good thing,” says Dominion President of The Royal Canadian Legion, Tom Eagles.
“In terms of financial support for families, the New Veterans Charter was seen by most of the Veterans community as a step in the wrong direction because it did not reflect the Veteran’s family situation. In many cases, spouses and other family members have had to put their careers on hold or quit working altogether to help care for a disabled Veteran. This imposed a particular hardship on the entire family unit and it needed to be addressed and we believe this tax-free Family Care Relief Benefit proposal helps,” adds Eagles.
“While these two new initiatives are very much welcomed, we will continue to monitor the remaining ACVA recommendations closely to ensure the government’s commitments meet expectations and we will continue to urge the government to take action on the remaining recommendations now,” adds Eagles.