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What programs and services are available through Veteran's Affairs of Canada website?

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Through its website, the Veterans Affairs of Canada offers assistance to Canadian veterans in obtaining financial, mental health and rehabilitation services. Its website processes applications for disability benefits, offers a mental health help line for veterans in crisis and refers veterans to employment and rehabilitation services.

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The site's disability services include online applications for benefits, printable paper applications for benefits, information and online payment calculators. It also includes information regarding special allowances for permanent impairment and exceptional incapacity. To be eligible for these allowances, the condition must be caused by the illness or injury for which the veteran receives disability benefits.

Information about death benefits for veterans' families is listed on the site, but applications are not available online. Veterans Affairs Canada contacts eligible families regarding this benefit, and anyone not contacted who feels that he qualifies must contact the agency directly to proceed. Earnings loss benefits and funeral expense benefits are also handled over the telephone or in person at the agency; no applications for these benefits are available online.

Employment referral services are available for both veterans looking for work and employers looking to hire veterans. The site also includes resources for job training, government jobs, transitioning to civilian life and starting a business. Special resources for veterans entering construction trades are also available.

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