Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Some Facts about Veterans' Disability Pensions

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Some Facts about Veterans' Disability Pensions

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Some facts about veterans' pensions

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OTTAWA - The Liberal government will promise in next week's federal budget to reintroduce lifelong disability pensions for veterans. Veterans have complained bitterly about changes made by the former Conservative government of Stephen Harper. Some facts about the New Veterans Charter that the Conservatives introduced in 2006 and why veterans demanded changes:

- What is the New Veterans Charter? It was designed to help injured veterans find civilian careers, replacing the pensions with a lump-sum payment and a suite of rehabilitation and career-training services to help transition out of the military and into civilian life.

- How much can soldiers get? The maximum lump sum payment under the charter was $250,000, though it has since been increased to $360,000. …

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