Veterans Affairs Minister addresses the Dominion Executive Council of
the Royal Canadian Legion
KANATA, ON, Feb. 22, 2014 /CNW/ - Reference: N14015E
This evening, the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans
Affairs, delivered the keynote address before members of the Dominion
Executive Council of the Royal Canadian Legion at their annual Legion
Minister Fantino took the occasion to give members of the Council an
update on the Government's efforts and commitment to streamline and
simplify programs and services to better serve Veterans and their
families. He seized the opportunity to present some of the recent
initiatives taken by the Government, including the current
parliamentary review of the New Veterans Charter, priority-hiring
measures for Veterans and new commitments undertaken in Economic Action
Minister Fantino also highlighted the ways that the Royal Canadian
Legion works with Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) to support those who
served. Collaborative work is done through the Legion's national
network of trained volunteers who, through a contract agreement, reach
out to Veterans in long-term facilities across Canada, and through the
Legion Service Bureau, a national network of professional service
officers which is empowered through legislation to assist Veterans and
their families in getting access to VAC benefits and programs.
The Minister also spoke on the importance of remembering Veterans'
achievements and highlighted the Government's commitment to commemorate
many important anniversaries in our nation's military history in 2014,
including the100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War and the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Second World War.
Since the New Veterans Charter was implemented in 2006, the Government
has invested almost $4.7 billion in additional funding to further
broaden and improve programs and services for Veterans.
Through Economic Action Plan 2014, the Government proposes $108.2
million over three years, starting in 2013-14, to expand eligibility
for the Funeral and Burial Program to ensure that modern-day Veterans
of modest means have access to a dignified funeral and burial.
The Government is proposing changes to the Public Service Employment Act to enhance employment opportunities in the federal public service for
Through the Long-Term Care Outreach and Visitation Initiative, an arrangement with Veterans Affairs Canada, Royal Canadian Legion
volunteers visit up to 1,630 facilities across the country to have
conversations and make social visits with Veterans. 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.
"Ensuring Canadian Veterans and their families have the support they
need, when and where they need it, remains a top priority with the
Government of Canada. I am proud to work with the Royal Canadian
Legion, an organization that has been integral part of our national
fabric for nearly nine decades. Together, we are moving forward to
continue improving the support we give to Canada's Veterans."
The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information:
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Veterans of Affairs
Veterans Affairs Canada