~ 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
This is a sample letter , click on the link above to find the MP of your area and put your info at the bottom and get our voices for our Veterans heard!
The click on this link for a printable copy OPEN Veteran Beds Letter
To MP _______________________________________________
I am writing this letter on behalf of all Canadian Veterans past, present and future in regards to the closing of Veterans Hospitals across Canada.
We understand that at the death of the last Korean War Veteran, the government of Canada will force the closure of all Veterans hospitals across this country. As that is how the Legislation now stands.
We, as member of the Royal Canadian Legion, and on behalf of family, friends and veterans alike, strongly plead with you the Members of Parliament, to bring forward new legislation to allow Veterans Hospitals to remain open for ALL VETERANS from all theatres where Canadian soldiers were injured while serving their Country.
We strongly hope that you find it in your minds and heart to change this legislation before the last Korean Veteran dies.
Phone #: ________________________________