WEST POINT, NY, April 8, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Julian Fantino,
Minister of Veterans Affairs, joined Veterans Affairs ministers and
secretaries from Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the
United States in West Point, New York, for the Ministerial Summit on
The theme of this year's summit is Improving the Physical, Psychological and Economic Well-Being of Service
Members and Veterans from Military Service - A Holistic Approach. Participating officials discussed the importance of collaborative
research in the areas of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD),
transition and employment initiatives, strategic communications,
women's health and memorial affairs. Participants emphasized the
importance of continuing collaborative efforts through information
exchanges and research so agencies can continue to provide insight into
the complex issues that face our Veterans and their families.
While at the Summit, Minister Fantino delivered a presentation
highlighting the Veterans Hiring Act, recent legislation from the Government of Canada which offers
preferential hiring to releasing members of the Canadian Armed Forces.
The recently tabled Veterans Hiring Act will help move Veterans to the front of the line when it comes to
hiring qualified Canadians for federal public service jobs.
VAC provides on-site services to releasing CAF members on or near 24
major CF bases and wings across Canada.
VAC offers case management services to assist CAF members,
Veterans, RCMP Veterans and their families who may be finding it
difficult to navigate a transition or change in their lives.
There are integrated personnel support centres on most bases and wings
across the country, where releasing CAF members can learn more about
VAC's services and benefits.
VAC is committed to helping Veterans find meaningful employment when
they leave the military, through the Hire a Veteran initiative, its support to Helmets to Hardhats and new measures to make its vocational rehabilitation program more responsive and flexible for Veterans.
The Ministerial Summit is an event held every 18-24 months and the
objectives are to address challenges facing Veterans communities.
"No government in modern Canadian history has made a greater financial
commitment for Veterans' services. Our record of leadership and support
for Veterans is second to none. I valued the opportunity to share our
success stories and to learn from my international counterparts."
The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister of Veterans of Affairs
Veterans Affairs Canada