National Association of Federal Retirees

National Association of Federal Retirees

November 17, 2014 13:26 ET

National Association of Federal Retirees Supports Improvements to Veterans Independence Program for RCMP Vets

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 17, 2014) - The National Association of Federal Retirees believes it is time to extend the Veterans Independence Program to veterans of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and their spouses, as proposed by Member of Parliament Peter Stoffer.

"We must honour the service and sacrifices made by all of our veterans, including veterans of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police," says Federal Retirees President Gary Oberg. "Extending the Veterans Independence Program is a good place to start, and that is why we strongly support Peter Stoffer's bill C-633 to extend the Program to RCMP veterans."

Bill C-633 was introduced in the House of Commons by MP Peter Stoffer on October 27, 2014. The bill seeks to extend the Veterans Independence Program to RCMP veterans and their spouses, which is currently available only to eligible military and allied veterans and their survivors. The Program helps veterans remain independent and self- sufficient in their home and community. Depending on health needs and circumstances the program provides financial assistance to obtain services such as snow removal, grass cutting, housekeeping, access to nutrition, personal care and other support services provided by a health professional.

"The Program gives veterans the opportunities and means to secure home care services that can help them remain in their homes," says Oberg. "It gives veterans dignity and independence - so let's do the right thing and support Bill C-633, and make sure that RCMP veterans have the right to access the Veterans Independence Program."

The National Association of Federal Retirees is the largest national advocacy organization representing active and retired members of the federal public service, Canadian Armed Forces, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), and retired federally-appointed judges, as well as their partners and survivors. With 185,000 members including more than 60,000 veterans and their families, the Association has a 50-year history of providing independent advocacy on issues affecting the financial security and health and well-being of our members and Canadians.

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