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Proudly Serving Canada's Veteran Community

A message from the Minister

The men and women who join the Canadian Armed Forces intend to make military service their careers. When they leave the forces due to illness or injury, they experience huge change. In some cases, their release comes much earlier than they planned for. We help them transition to new lives after service.

On 1 April 2019, we restored the option of monthly compensation for life in recognition of the pain and suffering Veterans experience as a result of career-related injury or illness. Depending on what is best for you and your family, you may also accept this compensation as a lump-sum payment.

In addition, Veterans will receive 90 percent of their pre-release salary as a monthly income replacement benefit, as long as they receive physical, vocational or psycho-social rehabilitation—for the rest of their lives, if they need it.

Financial compensation, however, is only the first part of the transition to post-service life. A truly successful shift into a new life after service means re-establishing in a new community, and often a new career.

That is why we have new programs to help you access additional education or training to secure a post-service career that is best for you.

Our research, and consultations with Veterans, has been the driving force behind these enhancements. These programs support your well-being and are focused on ensuring your financial security, furthering your education and training, and providing you with additional family support.

As we move ahead with these changes, we will also honour the past. This year, we will pay tribute to those who gave so much for our nation as we mark the 75th anniversaries of D-Day and the Italian Campaign.

Our goal is to support all of the men and women who served and continue to serve our great country, and to be there for them when they release, if and when they need us.

The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay

Minister of Veterans Affairs
Associate Minister of National Defence

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