Back in October Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) initiated changes to its Earnings Loss Benefit (ELB) program. From Oct. 1, those qualifying for the ELB program are now receiving 90 per cent of their pre-release salary.
As announced in Budget 2016, changes were made to the ELB program to raise the previous 75 per cent of a veteran’s pre-release salary to 90 per cent. The benefit will also be indexed to keep up with inflation.
However, this change does not have any effect on those receiving benefits under the Canadian Armed Forces Long Term Disability; this remains at 75 per cent of a veteran’s pre-release salary. In order to be considered for the additional benefits, veterans must apply with VAC. Those applying are required to take part in a rehabilitation program in order to be eligible for the ELB program.
“All CAF members are strongly encouraged to learn more about range of care, compensation, and financial benefits available to them so that they can make informed decisions about what benefits plan or program will best support them and their family’s needs upon being released.
“DND, CAF, and VAC are committed to simplifying and consolidating the system of care, compensation, and financial benefits that are available to Veterans and their families. CAF and VAC continue to work together and with Veterans to address gaps in service as outlined in the public, written direction the Minister of Veterans Affairs and the Minister of National Defence have received from the Prime Minister,” stated VAC in a released statement.
Veterans can receive an application by calling VAC at 1-866-522-2122 (toll-free) Monday to Friday, 8:30 to 4:30, local time, by visiting the VAC ELB webpage and downloading the application form, by logging into My VAC Account or by visiting the local VAC Area Office.