Soldiers' Aid Commission ModernizationPublished on September 21, 2020
In Aurora, Ontario on September 18, 2020, MPP Christine Elliott, Minister Todd Smith, and MPP Micheal Parsa announced the government’s plan to update the Soldiers’ Aid Commission and support all Ontario veterans transitioning back into civilian life. Our veterans have made tremendous sacrifices to make our province and country a better place. That’s why we’re working hard across government to make sure we are there for them when they need us.
Veterans and their families can face many challenges including post-traumatic stress disorder, physical injury, unemployment and homelessness, all while trying to navigate a complex support system.
The Soldiers’ Aid Commission was created in 1915 to support Ontario veterans returning home from the First World War. It was later expanded to support those who had served in the Second World War and the Korean War. It is a sad reality that with each passing year, the number of living veterans who served in those wars decreases… and while we will never forget their bravery and sacrifice it is time we honour a new generation of servicemen and women.
As part of this plan we are modernizing the Soldiers’ Aid Commission and extending that support to all Ontario veterans. A modern Soldiers’ Aid Commission would help more of our heroes in need pay for:
- Health-related items and specialized equipment, such as hearing aids, wheelchairs and prosthetics;
- Home-related items, such as mobility-related renovations and repair costs;
- Personal items and employment readiness supports, such as clothing and counselling.
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