Mr. L. A. Mutch (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Veterans Affairs):
Mr. Speaker, on Monday last the hon. member for Nanaimo (Mr. Pearkes) asked the following question:
Are Korean army veterans who have not had service in world war II eligible for assistance under the army welfare fund?
I promised at that time to secure an answer for him, and I now propose to give it.
The army benevolent fund was established by act of parliament to administer funds remaining from canteen operations during world war II. It provides assistance for veterans who served in the Canadian army during world war II and who may or may not be still serving. It also provides assistance for the dependents of these veterans or the former dependents of such veterans who have died.
The Canadian army welfare fund became available on April 1, 1953, and is being administered by the army benevolent fund on behalf of a board of directors. Assistance can be provided only for a person who is
Inquiries of the Ministry serving in the Canadian army, regardless of whether or not he served in world war II.
Owing to the limited funds available, the directors of the Canadian army welfare fund have not found it possible to extend this assistance to ex-members of the army, except that where a soldier dies, who had service in Korea, assistance will be available for a period of twelve months.
In the cases of veterans who require assistance but are not entitled to the Canadian army welfare fund assistance, the welfare officer does his best to obtain help through community resources, such as service clubs, Canadian Legion branches, army and navy branches, and such organizations as make it a practice to assist people in distress. A few of our district offices have at their disposal small trust funds, from which limited assistance can be provided.
The possibility of extending the scope of the Canadian army welfare fund to cover veterans who served in Korea is being discussed between the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of National Defence.
Topic: ARMED FORCES
Subtopic: ELIGIBILITY OF KOREAN WAR VETERANS FOR BENEVOLENT OR WELFARE FUND ASSISTANCE