Korea Veterans Widow Advocate Association
Dedicated to fair compensation for widows of
Korea Veterans who died from certain types of cancer?
The answers to the questions, supplied by Veterans
Affairs Canada, have been paraphrased.
Questions and answers:
1. Are widows whose husbands died from cancer eligible for a pension?
Answer. Widows (or other eligible survivors) of
Korean Veterans who died of cancer can apply for survivor benefits
offered by Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC). Survivor benefits will be
awarded to eligible survivors who can establish that the deceased
Veteran cancer-related death was attributable
to military service.
The type of survivor benefit
awarded depends upon such factors as the deceased veteran service
dates. Survivor benefits may apply to Korea Veterans who served in Korea
from July 5, 1950 to October 31, 1953. They are processed under the
Pension Act. If a favourable ruling is made, the type of benefit paid is
a monthly survivor pension.
Applications relating to Korea Veterans who served
in Korea Post-October 31, 1953 are usually processed under the Canadian
Forces Members and Veterans Re-Establishment and Compensation Act (CFMVRC
Act) which came into force on April 1, 2006; and the type of survivor
benefit paid under this legislation is a lump sum
award. However, any applications for survivor benefits submitted to VAC
relating to Korea Veterans as well as any applications for survivor
benefits relating to Korea Veterans who died prior to the coming into
force of the CFMVRC Act (regardless of the Veteran service
dates) are processed under the pension act.
2. We understand that every pension is decided on
an individual basis. What is the range of those pensions?
A. 2007 monthly rate for a single pensioner --
$111.05 to $2221.08
2007 monthly rate for a surviving spouse without dependent children --
$69.41 to $1665.81
A lump sum of up to $250,000 depending on the
extent of the disability is payable to eligible survivors under the
3. When did Veterans Affairs begin to pay pensions
to Korea Veterans who had cancer?
A. Korea Veterans, like other veterans, have
always had the right to apply for an award for any medical condition
they believed related to their military service. Where a service
condition or disability is established a pension or award is paid.
Since Sept. 10, 2004, VAC has acknowledged that
the Korea Veterans Cancer Study conducted by the Department of Veterans
Affairs in Australia and released in December 2003, contains important
findings with respect to cancer. The study found that Korea war Veterans
experienced a significantly higher incidence of certain types of cancer.
Head and neck, inside of mouth, but not skin cancers, eye cancer or
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As a result, VAC now considers the findings of the
Australian study important in the adjudication of disability pensions
and awards to Veterans who served in Korea from July 5, 1950 to the end
4. For what period of time were the veterans given
A. The retroactivity of a disability pension is
governed by subsection 39 (1) of the pension act. Pensions shall be made
payable from the date the application is first made to the department.
The onus is on the Veteran or the survivor. The pension is made
effective on the date of application or three years prior to the date of
a favourable ruling. The shortest length of time applies.
5. Since Korea veterans became eligible for
benefits because of cancer, how many have applied?
A. Five hundred and ninety-three applications have
been received from Korea Veterans and their surviving spouses. The
figure includes all requests up until March 2007 and includes pre-
6. How many have been given a pension?
A. Four hundred and fifty-nine have received a pension. Fourteen are
waiting a decision.
7. Have any pension benefits been paid to widows
whose husbands died of cancer before Veterans Affairs made Korea
Veterans eligible for cancer benefits? How many?
A. Benefits have been paid to widows of Korea War
Veterans who died from cancer. But VAC is unable to provide statistics
on the number of survivors who were paid benefits prior to VAC acceptance
of the Australian study.
8. How has Veterans Affairs publicized that widows
A. Veterans Affairs has made survivor eligibility available through the
a. September 10, 2004 news release by the Hon. Albina Guarnieri, the
minister of VAC.
b. Front page article in Salute, September 2004.
c. Services and Benefits pamphlet and the New Veterans Charter available
in VAC offices.
d. A presentation made at the 2004 annual convention of the Korean
Note: I checked out the news release and two
speeches. There was mention of cancer compensation but no mention of
widows. I couldn뭪 find the pamphlet on
the web or the presentation by the officials.
9. What is the name and contact number of a person
at Veterans Affairs who will speak to persons wanting information?
A. Toll free number: 1-866-522-2122
Luther Ferguson, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan 306-763-2330
Lew Murphy, Topsail, Newfoundland 709-781-2013
Jim Gunn, Montreal, Quebec (Cell) 514-824-7180
Alan MacDonald, Barrie, Ontario 705-721-5807
John Kolanchey, Edmonton, Alberta (Padre) 780-939-3317
Terry Meagher, Kemptville, Ontario 613-258-5539
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