OTTAWA, Feb. 27, 2016 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, issued the following statement to mark the 25th anniversary of the Liberation of Kuwait:
"On this day in 1991, following an intense six-week military offensive, a United Nations-authorized international coalition successfully liberated Kuwait from Iraqi occupation.
"More than 4,000 Canadian Armed Forces members served in the Persian Gulf region in 1990-1991, as part of the 35-nation Coalition. Canadian service personnel contributed to many aspects of the liberation, transporting cargo and personnel, and supporting the air campaign, ground assault, and naval operations. A Canadian field hospital cared for the wounded on both sides of the conflict.
"Canadian Armed Forces members were integral in helping liberate Kuwait. For many Canadian service men and women, it was the first time they had deployed to a war zone, leaving the safety and security of their homes and communities to bring peace to those in a foreign land.
"Today we mark the 25th anniversary of the Liberation of Kuwait, and honour Veterans' extraordinary effort and sacrifices in answering the call to serve."
For more information on Canada's role in the Liberation of Kuwait, visit veterans.gc.ca.
SOURCE Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information: Media Relations, Veterans Affairs Canada, 613-992-7468