This is my time, that's enough.
You made me lose my train of thought. Can I continue?
Overall, the government will not have to pay out very much more. The $40,000 minimum is a form of income insurance and has nothing to do with Afghanistan. Someone returning from Afghanistan may have an injury, but it is not necessarily for that. It is to help those who enlist in the army and are at the bottom of the pay scale. If someone makes a $43,000 salary, 70% of that amounts to less than $40,000. This is not a benefit for soldiers who come home from the war wounded. This measure does not provide for them.
Nevertheless, it sounds good. That is where Mr. Lévesque interrupted me. Veterans have told me that they were asked to stop complaining because the government was giving them $40,000. Where is that claim coming from? The government will not pay anyone $40,000, at least not according to what I have heard. The only improvement is the $1,609 allowance. It looks good on TV to say that they are going to offer $1,609, but they forget to mention that, in order to get that amount, you have to be 100% disabled. That does not include everyone. The guy who's lost an arm is not 100% disabled and will not get that $1,609. He may get 10% of that amount, so $160 for his arm.
And the same goes for the $1,000. It goes hand in hand with the $1,609; the guy has to be 100% disabled to get that $1,000. Sadly, this is all just for show. The government wants to come off looking good by making these wonderful announcements, but in reality, very little money will be paid to veterans.
That is good, even though I did not use my full five minutes.