Marginal note:Consequential injury or disease
7. For the purposes of this Part, an injury or a disease is deemed to be a service-related injury or disease if the injury or disease is, in whole or in part, a consequence of
(a) a service-related injury or disease;
(b) a non-service related injury or disease that was aggravated by service;
(c) an injury or a disease that is itself the consequence of an injury or a disease described in paragraph (a) or (b); or
(d) an injury or a disease that is a consequence of an injury or a disease described in paragraph (c).
Rehabilitation Services and Vocational Assistance
Marginal note:Eligibility — rehabilitation need
8. (1) The Minister may, on application, provide rehabilitation services to a veteran who has a physical or a mental health problem resulting primarily from service in the Canadian Forces that is creating a barrier to re-establishment in civilian life.
Marginal note:Factors that the Minister may consider
(2) In deciding whether a veteran has a physical or a mental health problem that is creating a barrier to re-establishment in civilian life, and whether that health problem resulted primarily from service in the Canadian Forces, the Minister may consider any factors that the Minister considers relevant, including
(a) medical reports or records that document the veteran’s physical or mental health problem;
(b) documentation that indicates the nature of the veteran’s service in the Canadian Forces;
(c) documentation provided by the veteran as to the circumstances of their health problem; and
(d) research that establishes the prevalence of specific health problems in military populations.
Marginal note:Presumption in case of disability
(3) A veteran’s physical or mental health problem is deemed to have resulted primarily from service in the Canadian Forces if, as a result of the health problem, the veteran suffers from a disability for which a disability award has been paid under section 45 or a pension has been granted under the Pension Act.
Marginal note:Eligibility — medical release
9. (1) The Minister may, on application, provide rehabilitation services or vocational assistance to a veteran who has been released on medical grounds in accordance with chapter 15 of the Queen’s Regulations and Orders for the Canadian Forces.
Marginal note:Refusal to consider application
(2) The Minister shall refuse to consider an application that is made more than 120 days after the day on which the veteran was released, unless the Minister is of the opinion that the reasons for the delay are reasonable in the circumstances.
(3) Subsection (1) does not apply in respect of a veteran who was within a prescribed class at the time that the physical or mental health problem leading to the release manifested itself.
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