This is an article originally posted online at the Times Colonist.
The Broadmead announcement followed a morning appearance by Hehr at the Colwood Pacific Activity Centre, one of 32 military family resource centres across Canada.
Hehr noted measures in the 2017 federal budget to better assist veterans and their families. For example, the new Caregiver Benefit puts up to $1,000 monthly into the hands of people who care for veterans at home.
He also pointed to the $133.9-million, six-year Veterans’ Education and Training Benefit. The program provides money for veterans to attend post-secondary school or technical training or certification.
Veterans with 12 years of service qualify for up to $80,000 and six-year vets for up to $40,000.
Hehr said he and his ministry are doing their best to take a “holistic” approach to assisting veterans of all ages and needs.
For example, a veteran might have no interest in returning to school, but could still get assistance to earn a certificate to become a real estate agent.
“I have veterans who are 20 years old and I have veterans who are 100,” Hehr said in an interview. “We have to do our best to give them all the opportunities.
“We are trying to give veterans of different ages and stages help.”