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New support for veterans and their families

OTTAWA (NEWS1130) – Ottawa is offering a tax-free grant and easier access to financial assistance for severely injured soldiers and their loved ones.

It’s part of the Harper government’s attempt to smooth over its relationship with veterans.

Newly appointed Veterans Affairs Minister Erin O’Toole has eased criteria for the Permanent Impairment Allowance, which offers life-long monthly support for soldiers so badly hurt they can’t work.

“These caregivers, spouses, common law partners, parents or adult children will often try juggling raising a family, their workplace duties alongside assisting their loved one.”

A report last August found too many were being denied.

Also included is a tax-free grant of $7200 dollars a year for their families.

NDP leader Tom Mulcair tells News1130 this has taken too long, but is waiting to see more details before saying more.