TORONTO, Dec. 17, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister
of Veterans Affairs, today brought holiday greetings to Veterans in
long-term care at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and launched a
partnership with the Royal Canadian Legion to visit Veterans in
long-term care (LTC) facilities across the country. The Long-Term Care Outreach and Visitation Initiative helps to ensure Veterans who live in long-term care facilities across
Canada get the care and support they deserve.
"The holiday season gives all Canadians a reason to reach out to one
another in the spirit of compassion and generosity," said Minister
Fantino. "As a Government, we place the highest priority on ensuring
Veterans have the support they need, when and where they need it,
including those in long-term care facilities."
"Today, I am very pleased to share in that holiday cheer with those who
wore Canada's uniform, and to build on our long-standing partnership
with the Royal Canadian Legion in order to better serve Veterans in
communities clear across Canada," added the Minister.
Through the Long-Term Care Outreach and Visitation Initiative, close to 4,000 Veterans in long-term care facilities will have the
option of a social visit and conversation with a fully trained and
qualified Royal Canadian Legion volunteer. By tapping into the Legion's
national network of volunteers, the Government of Canada is able to
ensure a broader reach in maintaining contact with Veterans. The
partnership provides Veterans who may not have other opportunities to
be in touch with Veterans Affairs Canada employees with another avenue
to identify needs that can then be followed-up on and addressed.
Through this initiative, Royal Canadian Legion volunteers will visit up
to 1,630 facilities across the country to have conversations and make
social visits with Veterans who have agreed to participate in the
initiative. The volunteers will then submit a report to the Legion's
Dominion Command within three weeks of completing each visit, and the
formal findings will in turn be passed along to the Department for
"We are proud to partner with the Royal Canadian Legion on this
important project," said Minister Fantino. "Through our joint venture,
we are demonstrating yet again how together, we are changing to keep
pace with the needs of the men and women we serve. Canada's Veterans
deserve no less."
For more information on the long-term care support available to Canada's
Veterans Affairs Canada's support and services offer the right care at
the right time to achieve the best results for Veterans and their
families. Find out more at veterans.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information:
Media Relations Advisor
Veterans Affairs Canada
The Royal Canadian Legion
613-591-3335 ext. 241
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs