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ERIC Number: EJ784167
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
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ISSN: ISSN-0714-9808
"They Suffered with Us and Should Be Compensated": Entitling Caregivers of Canada's Veterans
Struthers, James
Canadian Journal on Aging, v26 suppl_1 p117-131 Jan 2007
This article examines the struggle to win lifetime eligibility for selected home care benefits provided through the Veterans Independence Program (VIP) for veterans' widows in recognition of their years of unpaid caregiving--a policy change eventually implemented between 2003 and 2004. It explores how arguments on their behalf shifted from discourses of dependency, cost-saving, and compassion to ones of entitlement and commemoration between 1981 and 2004 as the large cohort of Second World War veterans and their wives moved towards the end of their lives. This policy victory for veterans' widows marked a historic shift in mandate for Veterans Affairs Canada and an important recognition by the state of unpaid caregiving as a form of national service. If Canadians are to learn from this example, however, it must be through seeing all caregiving labour--not just that of veterans' wives--as equally heroic and worthy of compensation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada