New Democrats pledge improved services for Vets: Morrison

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NDP leader Tom Mulcair’s plan to reverse the Conservatives’ disrespect of Canadian veterans will enhance support and improve medical care for veterans and their families, says local NDP candidate Skip Morrison.

“Stephen Harper clawed back veterans’ pensions, cut front-line services, failed veterans with PTSD, and spent nearly a million dollars fighting veterans in court,” said Morrison. “An NDP government will honour the sacrifices of our veterans and provides the services and benefits they’ve earned.”

An NDP government will support Canadian veterans and their families with a $454 million investment over four years to provide better treatment for veterans with post-traumatic stress and mental health issues; enhance long-term care and expand the Veterans Independence Program, and increase survivors’ pensions and ensure funding is in place to support dignified funerals for veterans through the Last Post Program.

“For many years, NDP MPs have fought for Canada’s veterans and their families so that they get the services and care they deserve,” said Mulcair earlier this week when he announced the program. “We will also apologize and make amends to those who were dismissed or forced out of the military on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity – fairness that is long overdue.”