Providing Support for Veterans and their Families

Published on September 18, 2020

The Soldiers’ Aid Commission Act, 2020 would allow more veterans and their families to apply for financial assistance, regardless of where they served

 

Our veterans have made tremendous sacrifices to make our province and country a better place. That’s why our PC government is working hard to make sure we are there for them when they need us.

To that end, on Wednesday we introduced the Soldiers’ Aid Commission Act, 2020, which, if passed, would increase our investment in the Soldiers’ Aid Commission to more than $1.5 million annually, and expand eligibility criteria for financial support.

Veterans and their families can face many challenges including post-traumatic stress disorder, physical injury, unemployment, and homelessness, all while trying to navigate a complex support system. These proposed changes will ensure veterans of all ages and their families, not just those who served in the Second World War and the Korean War, will be eligible to apply for financial assistance and receive support in the form of health-related items such as hearing aids, wheelchairs and glasses, home-related items such as home accessibility modifications and repair costs, and personal items and support services such as clothing and counselling.

The Soldiers’ Aid Commission was created to support veterans coming home from the First World War over 100 years ago. It was later expanded to support those who served in the Second World War and the Korean War.