ON, March 21, 2013 – Mr. Gordon
expressed his pleasure at the Government’s response to address
the funeral and burial Service benefits for Veterans.
"The Legion's national letter writing campaign is
clearly working as we now have an increase in the funding for
funeral costs and removal of restrictions around their use,"
says Gordon Moore. "The Government has stated in the budget
it will work with the Legion to ensure that veterans continue to
receive the support they need for a dignified funeral and burial.
We are looking forward to working with them," adds Moore.
Moore expresses concern that there are still two other remaining
items – opening funeral and burial benefits to low-income,
post-Korean War Veterans and increasing the estate value exemption
to a more realistic level.
the federal government has provided an increase to the funeral
grant, today’s announcement does not address the accessibility
to the program or its extension to low income Canadian Forces
Royal Canadian Legion will press the Government to implement the
much needed improvements to funeral and burial benefits program
for all Veterans and their families.” says Moore. “The
Legion’s letter writing campaign outlined what needs to be done
and how easy it would be for Government to change,” adds Moore.
There should be no doubt that the issue of adequate funeral and
burial support is an urgent issue for all Veterans.
“We will continue to be the voice
of all Veterans on this issue,” adds Moore. “The number of
Veterans who served in World War Two and Korea decreases every
year. While the Legion is seeking to expand the eligibility of the
funerals and burials program, from a financial perspective, making
these changes will not be a significant ongoing burden to the
government. Many of these Post-Korean War Veterans receive other
benefits they can use to help them with funerals and burials. Over
the long-term, an expanded eligibility to low income post-Korean
War Veterans would not result in the same annual demand on this
benefit as with the war-time Veterans. The Legion is firm in its
stance on this issue to ensure that all Veterans receive the
benefits they deserve.”
The discussion on this issue is not
over; The Royal Canadian Legion looks forward to further
discussions and consultations with the government for the much
needed improvements to this program on behalf of all Veterans and
in 1926, the Legion is the largest Veterans service organization
in Canada with more than 330,000 members. Its mission is to serve
all Veterans including serving Canadian Forces and Royal Canadian
Mounted Police members, and their families, to promote Remembrance
and to serve our communities and our country.
Royal Canadian Legion’s Service Bureau Network Service Officers
can assist and represent still serving CF members Veterans, RCMP
members and their families regarding disability claims or related
issues with Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) and the Veterans Review
and Appeal Board (VRAB). We provide professional counselling, and
representation services at all stages of the disability claim
process under the
Pension Act or the Canadian Forces Members and Veterans
Re-establishment and Compensation Act, commonly referred to as
the New Veterans Charter.