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Minister Blaney Responds About Concerns On Veterans Funeral and Burial Program

March 23, 2013. 2:11 pm • Section: Defence Watch

Here is a statement from Veterans Minister Steven Blaney’s office responding to Peter Stoffer’s comments on the funeral and burial program for veterans:

“Canada’s funeral and burial program is the most generous amongst allied nations and exists to assist the families of all Veterans who have a service related disability regardless of their military rank.

Through our Economic Action Plan 2013, we have more than doubled the reimbursement available for Veterans’ funerals to $7,376 while simplifying the program greatly and covering the full cost of their burial.”

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Opinion : Myth or Fact – Does the Government Care for Military Veterans?
« Reply #16 on: March 24, 2013, 03:08:11 PM »
Opinion : Myth or Fact – Does the Government Care for Military Veterans?

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14 February 2013 – Despite the urging of the Veterans Affairs Ombudsman and all Veterans groups, governments have not addressed the funeral and burial issues that have been brought to their attention. Most recently the President of Dominion Command of the Royal Canadian Legion circulated an open letter to the media asking the government “what are you waiting for” with respect to this matter.

A recent Opinion piece by this writer presented data on just several Modern Day Veterans and their families who needed assistance, and illustrated that the government would not provide for their dignified funeral and burial.
   

 

The number of Modern Day Veterans in need of financial assistance to be provided with a dignified funeral continues to increase. During 2012 the Last Post Fund used donation funds to provide a dignified funeral for 12 Veterans who were not eligible for the federal government Funeral and Burial Program. More applications for such assistance continue to be received, reviewed and responded to by the Last Post Fund.

Imagine, volunteer citizens place their lives at risk in defending Canada’s interests, yet when an indigent Veteran requires funeral and burial financial assistance, his or her government fails to respond. Since our Veterans respond when called, should not our government also respond to their final need, if required? Thankfully, the Last Post Fund’s charitable donation funds have assisted in arranging and funding the funeral and burial of Modern Day Veterans who, for the most part, are denied benefits by their government.

What a disgrace to Canada! Almost all Modern Day Veterans in need are not even granted the honour of a dignified funeral, the same honour that their WW2 and Korean War veteran counterparts remain eligible for. The government may boast their success as a G8 nation, they may boast that they have done much for our Veterans, they may boast that they have re-built the military, but when it comes to Veterans’ benefits they are not doing enough. Just ask some of the Veterans groups or the Ombudsman—they will all illustrate that there is much not done despite the needs, particularly for funerals and burials.

We, the citizens of Canada, ought to be asking the government and our local MP: “What are you waiting for”?

For those wishing to donate to the Last Post Fund to help Modern Day Veterans in need, one need only refer to our Website, section Donate to the Last Post Fund, or call our national toll free number: 1-800-465-7113.

Lieutenant-General (retired) L.W.F. Cuppens

Chair of the Last Post Fund Fundraising Committee