VETERANS BALK AT MINISTER'S BENEFITS PLAN

Mar 24, 2017

By Michael Kramer

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Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr is all but ruling out – a return to the old way that injured veterans received pensions.

And that sets up a potentially tough fight with vets – who say Prime Minister Justin Trudeau specifically promised to bring back the old pensions-for-life scheme in the last federal election.

Instead, Hehr’s touting the new and expanded benefits and services available – which replaced the previous life pension system in 2006.

Currently the setup includes a lump-sum payment for those forced to leave the military for medical reasons – as well as career training and income-replacement programs for the most badly-injured veterans.

The government’s promised to give injured vets the option of a lifelong pension – but Hehr is not ruling out the idea of simply taking the lump sum – and spreading it out over a vet’s lifetime.

A number of veterans – including one leading a class-action lawsuit that claims the new system is unfair – have said that just isn’t good enough.

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