Funding Support for Modern Day Veterans' Funerals
OTTAWA, Feb. 11, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, the Funeral Service Association of
Canada (FSAC) congratulates the Federal Government on their decision to
increase support for the Last Post Fund. Economic Action Plan 2014
proposed $108.2 million over three years to expand eligibility for the
Funeral and Burial Program, providing modern-day veterans of modest
means access to a dignified funeral.
"The Federal Government's actions today ensure that modern day Canadian
veterans are able to receive the funerals they deserve," said Phil
Fredette, Government Relations Chair, of the Funeral Service
Association of Canada (FSAC). "We are so pleased the government acted
to correct the discrepancy prohibiting modern day veterans of modest
means access to a dignified burial."
The Last Post Fund is a non-profit organization that offers financial
benefits for funeral related expenses to eligible veterans and
disability pensioners. The 2013 federal budget proposed $65 million
over two years to enhance the Funeral and Burial Program and by more
than doubling the funeral services compensation rate from $3,600 to
$7,376. However, eligibility for the fund restricted access to
veterans up to the Korean War.
FSAC is very proud to have worked with the Minister of Veterans Affairs
and the Ministry of Veterans Affairs to address the funding for the
Last Post Fund and for this year recognizing modern day veterans.
"We are very grateful to the Federal Government for expanding the
eligibility of the Last Post Fund. It is very important that our
veterans are properly recognized regardless of when they served, they
do after all keep Canada strong and free," concluded Fredette.
The Funeral Service Association of Canada (FSAC) is the leading national
funeral professional association, and represents 85% of all deaths in
Canada through numerous funeral homes, cemeteries and funeral service
professionals across the country. In the countless services provided by
our members, the most important aspect of a funeral is dignity. FSAC
has been providing leadership and guidance to funeral providers for
more than 80 years and works to improve the profession through advocacy
and education. Please visit www.fsac.ca for additional information.
SOURCE: Funeral Service Association of Canada (FSAC)
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