Mar 09, 2015
By Bob Komsic
The Harper government is planning to introduce a new retirement benefit to provide financial assistance for disabled soldiers in their old age.
The benefit would give wounded troops with both serious and moderate injuries a monthly income support payment beginning at age 65.
Veteran’s Affairs Minister Erin O’Toole says that the retirement support would be extended to families through a payment once a vet passes away.
Ottawa estimates that by 2020, approximately 5,800 veterans and survivors would qualify for the new benefit which still needs to be approved by Parliament.
The Harper government has come under harsh criticism in recent years for its treatment of vets.