Legion welcomes government funding: crucial step for veterans

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OTTAWA, Feb. 24 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Royal Canadian Legion commends the federal government for making the financial investment necessary to eventually end the backlog of veterans’ disability claims. The Legion’s reaction is summarized in the following statement.

“The Legion is reassured by a significant new investment to eliminate the backlog of disability claims for Canadian Veterans. We thank the government for providing Veterans Affairs Canada with the additional financial support needed to retain additional temporary staff, and we look forward to seeing this significant backlog rapidly reduce over the coming months.”

The organization has long advocated for stronger action to end the backlog and some progress has been made in reducing this backlog. Unexpectedly, a recent media report revealed that there was no guarantee that VAC would be able to keep all the necessary staff hired to fight the backlog. Alarmed, Dominion President Bruce Julian wrote a letter of deep concern to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

This week, the federal government announced it would provide $139.6 million over two years to extend temporary positions at Veterans Affairs Canada to reduce processing times.

The Legion is pleased to know that its views on this matter have been taken seriously and have helped to produce this positive development – a development that will ultimately benefit our Veterans in need.

About The Royal Canadian Legion

Founded in 1925, the Legion is Canada’s largest veteran support and community service organization. We are a non-profit organization with a national reach and 1,350 branches across Canada, the United States and Europe. With 250,000 members, many of whom volunteer for an extraordinary amount of time, our strength is in our numbers.

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