Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

May 31, 2009 14:15 ET

Government of Canada Announces More Support for Allied Veterans and Their Families

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 31, 2009) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs has announced he will introduce legislation to amend the War Veterans Allowance Act to extend benefits to Allied Veterans of the Second World War, the Korean War, and their family members.

"This week, I intend to introduce legislation to return access for eligible Allied Veterans and their families to the same programs available to the Canadian men and women who served alongside them," said Minister Thompson, speaking to members of the Polish Combatants Association and other Veterans in downtown Toronto. "We made a promise to bring these much-needed benefits and services back to Allied Veterans and to include Allied Veterans of the Korean War and today we are making good on that promise."

The proposed legislation will provide low-income Allied Veterans of the Second World War, who live in Canada and have for at least ten years, with access to War Veterans Allowance and associated assistance and health benefits. Eligibility will also be expanded to include those who fought for Allied Forces in the Korean War who lived in Canada prior to the war or who currently live in Canada and have for at least ten years.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    613-992-7468
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications
    613-996-4649