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Legion Responds to VAC's Proposed Cuts to Red Tape

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 07/09/14 -- The Royal Canadian Legion is encouraged by the recent announcement from the Department of Veterans Affairs to cut red tape and to streamline its application forms.

"We are supportive of this effort to streamline the application process by simplifying the forms and I have directed our Service Bureau to review the proposed changes and provide comments on where further improvements can be made no later than 15 August 2014," says Dominion President of The Royal Canadian Legion Tom Eagles.

Tom Eagles met with the Minister of Veterans Affairs Canada yesterday in a closed door session where it was agreed that the Legion would review proposed changes to the two most commonly used application packages: Disability Benefits and the Veterans Independence Program (VIP) for Veterans and Primary Care givers. The Legion also continued its push for action on the recommendations from the review of the New Veterans Charter. "We will not wait another two years for the New Veterans Charter to be enhanced," says Eagles. "Veterans lives, and those of their families, depend on the services and benefits this government can provide to those in need," he adds.

The Legion is supportive of any efforts to make it easier for all Veterans, and their families, to apply for benefits and to simplify the wording used in decision letters on disability benefits making it easier for all to understand.

ABOUT THE LEGION

Established in 1926, the Legion is the largest Veterans' and community support organization in Canada with more than 300,000 members. Its mission is to serve all Veterans including serving Canadian Armed Forces and Royal Canadian Mounted Police members as well as their families, to promote Remembrance and to serve our communities and our country.

The Legion's Service Bureau Network provides assistance and representation to all Veterans regarding their disability claims, benefits and services from Veterans Affairs Canada and the Veterans Review and Appeal Board. In communities across Canada it is the Legion that perpetuates Remembrance through the Poppy Campaign and Remembrance Day ceremonies. With more than 1, 440 branches, the Legion supports programs for seniors, Veterans' housing, outreach and visitation, youth leadership, education, sports, Cadets, Guides and Scouts.

We Will Remember Them.

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