OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 6, 2014) - The Royal Canadian Legion was on Parliament Hill today, once again taking a strong advocacy message to government about the Canadian Forces Members and Veterans Re-establishment and Compensation Act - also known as the New Veterans Charter.
The Royal Canadian Legion never fully or unconditionally supported the New Veterans Charter. When the NVC was introduced in 2006, The Legion, as well as other veterans' organizations, was behind the New Veterans Charter in the beginning because they were told that it was a "living charter" which would be amended as flaws or gaps were identified.
"I urge you to stick to the critical, core issues as these impact the day to day lives of our Veterans and their families. I encourage you not to delay but expedite this review and take real action," said Gordon Moore Dominion President of The Royal Canadian Legion.
The NVC was adopted without a clause-by-clause review in Parliamentary Committee and in the Senate because of a perceived urgent need to adopt a New Veterans Charter before troops headed for Afghanistan, to better look after modern Veterans and their families, and to facilitate their transition to civilian life. The Legion, as well as other Veterans' organizations, supported the NVC with the understanding that it was a "living charter" which would be amended as flaws or gaps were identified.
Since its introduction in 2006, the Legion has been working hard to make changes to the NVC, including advocating for changes to the lump sum payment. The Legion's position on the NVC is found in these documents:
Primer on New Veterans Charter (Chapter One)
Primer on New Veterans Charter (Chapter Two)
Where The Legion Stands (Changes to the New Veterans Charter)
Moore's briefing (Parliament Committee Brief) covered four major areas of discontent with the New Veterans Charter: (1) The need for a mandatory review cycle of the New Veterans Charter; (2) the federal government's moral obligation towards our injured servicemen and women; (3) several ways the federal government can enhance the New Veterans Charter; and (4) the need for a better communication effort to let our Veterans know what services are available to them.
The Legion has been working to make changes to the NVC since it was introduced and will continue to hold all governments accountable for the highest levels of care and benefits for Canada's Veterans.
ABOUT THE LEGION
Established in 1926, the Legion is the largest Veterans' and community support organization in Canada with more than 320,000 members. Its mission is to serve all Veterans including serving Canadian Armed Forces and Royal Canadian Mounted Police members as well as their families, to promote Remembrance and to serve our communities and our country.
The Legion's Service Bureau Network provides assistance and representation to all Veterans regarding their disability claims, benefits and services from Veterans Affairs Canada and the Veterans Review and Appeal Board. In communities across Canada it is the Legion that perpetuates Remembrance through the Poppy Campaign and Remembrance Day ceremonies. With more than 1, 460 branches, the Legion supports programs for seniors, Veterans' housing, outreach and visitation, youth leadership, education, sports, Cadets, Guides and Scouts.
We Will Remember Them.