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Budget 2017 - Removal of Time Limits

Post by Trooper on Sat 25 Mar 2017, 17:51

Budget 2017 - Removal of Time Limits
Rehabilitation Services and Vocational Assistance Program


The Government of Canada is enhancing support for survivors and common-law/spouses by eliminating the current one year application time limit for Rehabilitation Services and Vocational Assistance program.

The proposed changes deliver directly on the mandate commitments of the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence. This benefit is just one step the Government is taking to improve benefits and services offered to Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans and their families.

$23.8 million over six years to eliminate time limits for veterans’ spouses and survivors to apply to the Rehabilitation Services and Vocational Assistance Program.

Removing the time limit would allow survivors a period of time to gain resiliency and adopt coping strategies and then choose a time that works for them to move forward and address future vocational and financial needs.

Removing time limits would give more flexibility for spouses/common-law partners who pursue vocational assistance while caring for ill and injured Veterans.

With no time limit, families are not pressured to be active in the vocational assistance process while still adjusting to the Veteran’s health circumstances.

Examples of who could benefit from this change:

Sheila’s husband, a Veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces, recently passed away. Sheila is a stay-at-home mother and now has to consider rejoining the workforce. With the removal of the time limit to apply for assistance, Sheila is able to take time to grieve and adjust to her new situation without the pressure of having to make an immediate decision about her future.

http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/about-us/department-officials/minister/budget/education-and-training/vocational-rehabilitation-facts
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Budget 2017 - Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund

Post by Trooper on Sat 25 Mar 2017, 17:57

Budget 2017 - Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund


The Government of Canada is fulfilling its commitment to the well-being of Veterans and their families through the establishment of a Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund. This fund would be used for the development of new and innovative ways to support Veterans and their families by providing financial support to organizations to conduct research and implement initiatives and projects. These organizations can be non-profit, voluntary and in some cases, for-profit as well.

This benefit is just one step the Government is taking to continue to improve benefits and services offered to Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans and their families.

$13.9 million over four years to establish a Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund to foster the development of innovative programs by third-party organizations.

VAC would identify an annual theme, linked to issues impacting Veterans and their families, and host an annual call for proposals where stakeholders would be invited to submit applications for funding. The Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund would be used to support these projects and initiatives.

The fund would support the promotion of increased knowledge and understanding through research, and the development of community based and innovative services to address new and emerging needs within the Veteran community.

The new fund would come into effect April 1, 2018.

http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/about-us/department-officials/minister/budget/supporting-families/well-being-fund-facts
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Budget 2017 - Centre of Excellence on PTSD and related Mental Health conditions

Post by Trooper on Sat 25 Mar 2017, 18:04

Budget 2017 - Centre of Excellence on PTSD and related Mental Health conditions


Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) plans to create a new Centre of Excellence in Veterans’ care, specializing in mental health, post-traumatic stress disorder and related issues for both Veterans and first responders.

This is part of the Minister’s mandate and he is committed to adding resources and expertise to ensure comprehensive services and supports are available to Veterans and their families.

The Centre of Excellence will be responsible for advances in applied research, knowledge transfer and the development of tools to support treatment by health care providers from coast to coast to coast. The Centre will have a strong focus on the creation and dissemination of knowledge and awareness that addresses evidence-based mental health injury prevention, such as PTSD, as well as assessment and treatment needs of Veterans and CAF members.

It is but one element of a joint mental health strategy between Veterans Affairs Canada and the Canadian Armed Forces, which also includes forums to share best practices in assessment and treatment, collaborative research and continuing education opportunities for health care professionals. The centre will allow for the collection and distribution of best practices throughout Canada to benefit Veterans receiving mental health support from coast to coast to coast.

Significant consultations with stakeholders and Veterans over the past year will support the development of the Centre of Excellence, which will include comprehensive research capabilities to ensure the Centre will be:

- Focused on recovery and prevention;

- Culturally relevant and sensitive to all Veterans;

- Multidisciplinary;

- Innovative;

- Veteran and family-centric; and

- Accessible.

Education, counselling and training will be integral to the Centre of Excellence and will support public awareness and de-stigmatization of mental health illness. It will ensure Canada’s military—whether they are still in uniform or already released—have access to mental health care that is comprehensive, integrated and consistent no matter where they live.

Over four years, $17.5 million will be dedicated creating a Centre of Excellence on PTSD and related Mental Health conditions to increase knowledge of CAF members and Veterans’ mental health issues.

Over the last 5 years, VAC has committed more than $3 million in research projects designed to better understand and meet the needs of Canada’s Veterans and their families. This includes the Life After Service Studies (LASS), studies on Mental Health, Psychiatric Service Dogs, Veteran Families, Equine Therapy, Identity and Recognition, Suicide, Employment, and Homelessness.

Of all Veterans who received a benefit from Veterans Affairs Canada, 17% received a disability benefit for a mental health condition.

Seventy-three (73%) of Veterans, who received a benefit from Veterans Affairs Canada for a mental health condition, received it specifically for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Thirteen percent (13%) of members who deployed to Afghanistan have received a Veterans Affairs Canada pension or award for a mental health condition.

The new changes would come into effect April 1, 2018.

http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/about-us/department-officials/minister/budget/supporting-families/centre-of-excellence-on-mental-health-facts
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Re: Budget 2017 - And VAC Part in it -

Post by Bruce72 on Sat 25 Mar 2017, 18:05

Trooper wrote:
Budget 2017 - Removal of Time Limits
Rehabilitation Services and Vocational Assistance Program


The Government of Canada is enhancing support for survivors and common-law/spouses by eliminating the current one year application time limit for Rehabilitation Services and Vocational Assistance program.

The proposed changes deliver directly on the mandate commitments of the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence. This benefit is just one step the Government is taking to improve benefits and services offered to Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans and their families.

$23.8 million over six years to eliminate time limits for veterans’ spouses and survivors to apply to the Rehabilitation Services and Vocational Assistance Program.

Removing the time limit would allow survivors a period of time to gain resiliency and adopt coping strategies and then choose a time that works for them to move forward and address future vocational and financial needs.

Removing time limits would give more flexibility for spouses/common-law partners who pursue vocational assistance while caring for ill and injured Veterans.

With no time limit, families are not pressured to be active in the vocational assistance process while still adjusting to the Veteran’s health circumstances.

Examples of who could benefit from this change:

Sheila’s husband, a Veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces, recently passed away. Sheila is a stay-at-home mother and now has to consider rejoining the workforce. With the removal of the time limit to apply for assistance, Sheila is able to take time to grieve and adjust to her new situation without the pressure of having to make an immediate decision about her future.

http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/about-us/department-officials/minister/budget/education-and-training/vocational-rehabilitation-facts



http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/post911_gibill.asp

Compared to the G.I. Bill these benefits don't stack up

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Budget 2017 - Career Transition Services

Post by Trooper on Sat 25 Mar 2017, 18:15

Budget 2017 - Career Transition Services




Career Transition Services

Support to help transfer your military skills and experience into the job you want in your post-military life.

The re-designed program offers more access, service and support to help you find the job you want in your post-military life.

- Available to spouses and partners

- Counselors who understand the transition from military to post-military life

- Coaching to match your skills to the right job

- Counseling and job placement services

- Available at any time during your life

- Available to all Veterans post-release

http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/about-us/department-officials/minister/budget/education-and-training/career-transition-services-graphic
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Budget 2017 - Expansion of the Veteran Family Program

Post by Trooper on Sat 25 Mar 2017, 18:31

Budget 2017 - Expansion of the Veteran Family Program




Expansion of the Veteran Family Program

Supporting families who serve, where they serve.

We are expanding access to all 32 Military Family Resource Centre locations across Canada. Medically released Veterans and their families can now take full advantage of the services and programs offered across the country.

- Referrals

- Information

- Orientation

- Programming

- Sessions

- Educational Assistance

- Outreach

- Employment Assistance

- Child Care

http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/about-us/department-officials/minister/budget/supporting-families/military-family-support-program-graphic
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Re: Budget 2017 - And VAC Part in it -

Post by teentitan on Sat 25 Mar 2017, 18:38

Well it looks like this summers tour for Hehr will have a power point presentation with lots and lots of baffle gab.

Its better then hearing the mandate letter repeated at every stop.
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Re: Budget 2017 - And VAC Part in it -

Post by Iceman on Sun 26 Mar 2017, 09:32

Trooper wrote:With respect to the Grandfather Clause within the PA, this clause is in place to allow those Veterans who were receiving benefits from the PA prior to April 01, 2006 to continue receiving those benefits.
No change in this regard.

With respect to BILL C-42 and the pension act, the way I read it still leaves room for those who were granted a pension for an injury or disease from the Pension Act, to receive an award payable under this act, (PA), after 2006.

I know this part of the bill, it was always in place, unless I'm missing a part of the bill.
The difference in entitlement I think relates between what is a pension, versus an allowance.

Pension Act

19 (1) The portion of subsection 3.‍1(1) of the Pension Act before paragraph (a) is replaced by the following:

No award payable

3.‍1 (1) Despite any other provision of this Act, no award is payable under this Act in respect of any application made by or in respect of a member of the forces after April 1, 2006 unless

(2) Paragraph 3.‍1(1)‍(b) of the Act is replaced by the following:

(b) the application is in respect of the death of a member of the forces, if the death occurred before April 1, 2006 OR is the result of an injury or a disease, or the aggravation of an injury or a disease, for which a pension has been granted.

So bottom line, it is the allowance that reflects what is available for application under the charter, from those carrying 1% or more from the PA.
I don't see any change, whatever is in place with the FCRF regarding those receiving a pension from the old act and not being able to apply, I would guess that the same will be in place with the CRB.

Unless I'm missing something?

This was my mistake. I went through it again. I had interpreted it that 3.1(1)(a) would be gone as well.
Most of the changes to the pension act are just replacing the coming into affect of the new veterans charter with April 1, 2006.

The crb however.
The fcrb says receiving a pension of 1% or more.
The crb says received any pension or compensation from the pension act

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Re: Budget 2017 - And VAC Part in it -

Post by Trooper on Sun 26 Mar 2017, 15:23

Iceman wrote:
Trooper wrote:With respect to the Grandfather Clause within the PA, this clause is in place to allow those Veterans who were receiving benefits from the PA prior to April 01, 2006 to continue receiving those benefits.
No change in this regard.

With respect to BILL C-42 and the pension act, the way I read it still leaves room for those who were granted a pension for an injury or disease from the Pension Act, to receive an award payable under this act, (PA), after 2006.

I know this part of the bill, it was always in place, unless I'm missing a part of the bill.
The difference in entitlement I think relates between what is a pension, versus an allowance.

Pension Act

19 (1) The portion of subsection 3.‍1(1) of the Pension Act before paragraph (a) is replaced by the following:

No award payable

3.‍1 (1) Despite any other provision of this Act, no award is payable under this Act in respect of any application made by or in respect of a member of the forces after April 1, 2006 unless

(2) Paragraph 3.‍1(1)‍(b) of the Act is replaced by the following:

(b) the application is in respect of the death of a member of the forces, if the death occurred before April 1, 2006 OR is the result of an injury or a disease, or the aggravation of an injury or a disease, for which a pension has been granted.

So bottom line, it is the allowance that reflects what is available for application under the charter, from those carrying 1% or more from the PA.
I don't see any change, whatever is in place with the FCRF regarding those receiving a pension from the old act and not being able to apply, I would guess that the same will be in place with the CRB.

Unless I'm missing something?

This was my mistake. I went through it again. I had interpreted it that 3.1(1)(a) would be gone as well.
Most of the changes to the pension act are just replacing the coming into affect of the new veterans charter with April 1, 2006.

The crb however.
The fcrb says receiving a pension of 1% or more.
The crb says received any pension or compensation from the pension act

Iceman,

The BILL's can throw us all off, sometimes I have to re - read them several times, and even then I don't get it right.
These guys do not like to write in English.

One other point to make is a Veteran who is receiving the Exceptional Incapacity Allowance under the Pension Act is not eligible for the Permanent Impairment Allowance, soon to be the Career Impact Allowance.

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Aaron Bedard CTV Interview 2017 Budget

Post by Trooper on Sun 26 Mar 2017, 16:02

Aaron Bedard CTV Interview 2017 Budget


March 23, 2017

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David MacLeod sits down with Bruce Frisko to discuss reinstating lifelong pensions

Post by Trooper on Mon 27 Mar 2017, 05:24

David MacLeod sits down with Bruce Frisko to discuss reinstating lifelong pensions


Click on the link below to view the video:

http://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1086690&binId=1.1145518&playlistPageNum=1
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Re: Budget 2017 - And VAC Part in it -

Post by prawnstar on Mon 27 Mar 2017, 10:43

I don't think this link has been posted. If it has sorry for the repeat.
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2017/03/24/bill-morneau-veterans-pensions_n_15588576.html

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New budget aims to give veterans better access to education, job market and health care

Post by Trooper on Tue 28 Mar 2017, 15:36

New budget aims to give veterans better access to education, job market and health care


Published on March 28, 2017


Walt Natynczyk speaks to a group of veterans at the Summerside Legion during a medal presentation on Tuesday.

With the release of the 2017 federal budget, Walt Natynczyk is looking forward to implementing measures to better take care of Canada’s veterans.

Natynczyk, deputy minister of Veterans Affairs, spoke Monday in Summerside about the recent budget saying it’s focusing on three main areas for those transitioning from the Canadian Armed Forces: access to education, families and mental health.

“This is our third budget, and with every one so far, government has provided additional services to veterans. It’s something to clap about,” said Natynczyk.

“About a year and a half ago, the government gave a list of 15 mandates to my minister. And in the budget of 2016 we were able move up on some of those, like increasing disability award and reopening offices, including the one in Charlottetown.”

The most recent budget is significant, said Natynczyk.

“It’s not the same amount of money, but this budget is about the well being of veterans. Often we focus on the money, but we’ve found that when a veteran has something to do the veteran is happier with their retirement.

“I call it the GI bill. It’s a benefit for all members of the Canadian Armed forces beginning April 1, 2018, that allows them access to up to $40,000 for education after six years of service and up to $80,000 for education after 12 years of service.”

Because the mandates are still a work in progress, Natynczyk isn’t sure if veterans who have already gone to school after transitioning will be reimbursed the money they played for education. These details have yet to be worked out.

Natynczyk and the department are also working on job placement.

“Now there will be a program to help veterans through the education process but also with resume writing and job placement, which is key,” he added.

Veterans Affairs is also launching a pilot program that will allow those discharging from the Armed Forces, who have been injured, have access to all 32 military and family resource centres.

He added, “This budget is to ensure that the veteran can transition with a sense of purpose, financial security, a roof over their head and a sense of identity.”

http://www.journalpioneer.com/news/local/2017/3/28/new-budget-aims-to-give-veterans-better-access-to-education--job.html
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Re: Budget 2017 - And VAC Part in it -

Post by johnny211 on Tue 28 Mar 2017, 16:09

I'm not sure about Uncle Walt, the old General now that's he's been assimilated into the Vacs black hole, can spin a story like the rest of the political puppets. I was hopeing for better things from him. Thought?
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Re: Budget 2017 - And VAC Part in it -

Post by czerv on Tue 28 Mar 2017, 16:42

It must be nice to be in his shoes: military pension of General (negotiated) + current salary... and telling veterans: you have it good, we are looking after you. Be patient and it will be getting good even more. By the way, make sure you vote for me comes next election:)
My thought (somewhat biased:))

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