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.