OTTAWA, May 15, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of
Veterans Affairs, issued the following statement today, to mark the
International Day of Families:
"Our government recognizes the vital supporting role families play in
the lives of men and women in uniform, and how it can impact husbands,
wives, children and parents who stand by their loved ones' side. This
is why it is important that the family members of Veterans and Canadian
Armed Forces personnel understand the services and benefits available
"Our government is committed to supporting Canadian Armed Forces
personnel, Veterans and their families as they transition to civilian
life. Like Veterans, we recognize that family members may experience
challenges as their loved ones' transition to civilian life. A good way
for family members to learn about our services and benefits is by
attending the transition interview when the Canadian Armed Forces
member is preparing for release.
"There is a wide variety of services for Veterans and their families -
programs to help them after an injury or during the transition from
military to civilian life, and many other services to help Veterans and
their families throughout their lives.
"Veterans Affairs Canada's (VAC) Rehabilitation Program provides
medical, psychosocial and vocational services to Veterans.
Additionally, counselling and mental health services are also available
to the spouse or common-law partner of a Veteran who is participating
in the Rehabilitation Program. Mental health services are available for
eligible family members, for instance, at the VAC-DND joint network of
17 mental health clinics located across the country.
"We want to ensure that Veterans and their families are always receiving
the care and support they need, when and where they need it. And we
will continue to recognize and remember Veterans and their families for
their service and their sacrifices."
For more information on services available to families, please visit veterans.gc.ca
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Affairs Canada