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Letter From Modern Day 4 Sigs Re VAC Cuts

Letter From Modern Day 4 Sigs Re VAC Cuts

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Published by natoveteranscnd
Re: Government Cuts
Re: Government Cuts

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Published by: natoveteranscnd on Feb 14, 2012
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The Right Honourable Stephen Harper Prime Minister of CanadaHouse of CommonsOttawa, Ontario K1A 0A6RE:
Proposed Budget Cuts to the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Dear Prime Minister Harper;The Modern Day Veteran organizations above would like to expresstheir serious concerns in regard to the proposed budget cutsannouncement as it affects Veterans Affairs Canada. This cutback toVAC is highly unacceptable to our members - the Government's DeficitReduction Plan will have an impact on veterans' benefits and theadministrative components of VAC programs administrating theseveterans programs.It is true that Canada's Traditional Veterans are aging; VAC continues tohave significant responsibility to the more than 150,000 veterans whoserved Canada during the Second World War and Korea. Many of theseveterans are presently suffering from their service-related disabilitiestogether with other medical concerns brought on by the ravages of age.In addition there are the post Korean to present day veterans – themodern day veteran -who will now and in the future need VACveteran’s assistance and benefits. To close down or diminish theDepartment because WW2 and Korean veterans are diminishing innumbers is based on a false premise- there are still veterans around andwill be for the foreseeable future. There will also be more veterans
added to the VAC workload as the post Korean Veterans including thoseinvolved in Peacekeeping and NATO Missions, the Gulf War and of course Afghanistan will be in need of assistance.Given the physical, mental and psychological concerns confronting thesereturning veterans, the job of Veterans Affairs will become moreessential and intensive.Should VAC’s budgetary capacity be impacted, VAC’s capacity toadminister benefits will not only be stretched to its limits but as well will be unable to fund crucial legislative improvements in order to fulfil itsongoing commitments to the overall veterans’ community.Traditional Veterans, have remaining serious outstanding concerns as tothe significant gaps in the VAC Long Term Care Program, inequities inthe Last Post Fund, Veterans Burial Regulations and anomalies in theVIP programs for widows.For Modern Day Veterans, the
 New Veterans Charter 
considered “aliving document” by veterans’ organizations, is currently an unfinished
work in progress
and needs many changes to make it acceptable or evenworkable to the modern day veteran community. It remains our strong position that the debate is not so much a question of whether the “lumpsum payment” is a preferable approach to the original Pension Act, butthe fundamental question is “
does the New Veterans Charter” sufficiently meet the needs and requirements of the Modern DayVeteran.
The Traditional Veteran receives a pension, the modern dayveterans regard the Charter as an insurance policy or “buy out”. For agreat many modern day veterans the Charter provides little by way of  benefits when they leave the Forces!We need a vigorous Veterans Affairs to address and champion these problems for our traditional and new modern day veterans. Not aVeterans Affairs Department that is being phased out or emasculatedwith the excuse that
WW2 and Korean Veterans are being reduced innumbers.

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