Canadian gov't outlines plan to fix military veterans' benefits system

15:55, September 29, 2010      

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Canadian soldiers wounded in Afghanistan and other military operations will get more rehabilitation support and more benefits, Defence Minister Peter Mackay announced Tuesday.

Defence Minister Peter MacKay and Veterans Affairs Minister Jean-Pierre Blackburn announced Tuesday 52.5 million Canadian dollars (about 50.96 U.S. dollars) over five years in additional support to establish a Legacy of Care initiative for seriously injured Canadian Forces (CF) personnel and their families at a press conference at Canada's National Defence Headquarters.

About 1,400 soldiers have been wounded during Canada's nine-year deployment in Afghanistan.

The money will be used to help pay for transitional housing for injured soldiers who are undergoing rehabilitation. As well, MacKay announced family members who have had to give up their jobs to care for injured soldiers are now eligible to claim up to 100 Canadian dollars a day in compensation.

It will also fund improved support services for the people living in these facilities, which will include wheelchair accessible transportation to appointments.

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