OTTAWA, Dec. 27, 2012 /CNW/ - Eve Adams, Parliamentary Secretary to the
Minister of Veterans Affairs, confirmed today that the improvements to
the Veterans Independence Program (VIP), which will put money in the
hands of Veterans faster, will come into force on January 1, 2013.
Veterans who receive housekeeping and grounds maintenance services
through the VIP will no longer have to submit receipts and then wait to
be reimbursed by the Department. Instead, they will receive up-front
"This improvement is another concrete example of the Harper Government's
determination to cut red tape for Veterans," stated Minister Blaney.
"We have made great progress and are on track to begin converting
Veterans to an up-front grant payment for housekeeping and grounds
maintenance services, starting January 1, 2013."
These changes are another part of the Veterans Transition Action Plan,
recently launched by Minister Blaney, which consists of new measures
from the Cutting Red Tape initiative, enhancements to the Department's
delivery of services, new opportunities for Veterans beginning
post-military careers, ground-breaking research into the real-life
experiences and needs of releasing Canadian Armed Forces personnel, and
building cultural awareness.
"The changes will help over 100,000 Veterans who receive housekeeping
and grounds maintenance services," said Parliamentary Secretary Adams.
"We are making these changes so that Veterans receive the benefits and
services they deserve, without bureaucratic delays."
"The removal of the necessity of preparing monthly submissions for VIP
benefits greatly reduces the stress on our aging Veterans and
simplifies their lives," said Derrill Henderson, National Secretary of
the Hong Kong Veterans Association of Canada. "VAC's move to reduce
demands on Veterans while maintaining their benefits is appreciated and
viewed as a positive and cost-effective move by our association."
For more information on the Veterans Independence Program and other
services and benefits available to Veterans, visit veterans.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information:
Media Relations Advisor
Veterans Affairs Canada
Jean-Christophe de le Rue
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs