Veteran Service & Seniors

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~ Opening Beds for All Veterans ~

In 1947 an agreement was reached between the Federal and Provincial Governments on how to care for our WWII and Korean Veterans.  “With the passage by the federal government of the Hospital Insurance and Diagnostic Services Act 1 in 1957 and the Medical Care Act 2 in 1966, Canada’s publicly funded health care system formally came into being and confirmed the provinces’ responsibility for the provision of health care for their residents in accordance with the Constitution Act, 1867.3

The Department of Veterans Affairs began the transfer of ownership and operation of its care facilities to provincial health authorities and, in so doing, committed substantial funding for their maintenance and improvement of these facilities. There were originally beds for Veteran’s in 40 locations across Canada, with only one still being federally run – St Anne’s in Montreal, Quebec. I believe that has or is being transferred back to the Quebec Provincial Government now. “

With the declining numbers of WWII and Korean Veterans these beds are being reduced and veterans of other conflicts do not have access to them and they will be kept at home with help from the Home Care program, now called CCAC. Now in 2016, Veterans after the Korean War as peace keepers or from the Afghanistan War are being denied access to these locations. They will have to stay at home alone – separated from their comrades and pretty much deserted by the Government they served and left to their own devices – unless they call CCAC for help

We are asking you to support a change to the legislation to allow Provincial Governments to use these facilities for all Veterans who have served their Country. All Veterans would like to be with people that shared the same experiences and not stuck at home to live a lonely existence because of their contributions to Canada.

Since this was an act of Parliament to make the original changes, we are asking Canadians to contact there Federal and Provincial Ministers and ask them to revise the law so that all Veterans who need access to these locations can do so. Your letter will be a voice for ALL Veterans. This will only change if Canadians request a change.

Here is the Current Members of Parliament – http://www.parl.gc.ca/Parliamentarians/en/members

Sending a letter to your Parliamentary Representative costs no postage stamp. Include your name, address, phone number and signature.

Thank you in advance,

Marilyn Lawson, Royal Canadian Legion Branch #10 – Todmorden  Branch Service Officer

 

Veteran Beds Letter 2016 Mail in portion

Representing Branches Central Toronto