Government of Canada committed to supporting Veterans and their families
ETOBICOKE, ON, March 3, 2015 /CNW/ - The Honourable Erin O'Toole, Minister of Veterans Affairs, along with Bernard Trottier, Member of Parliament for Etobicoke–Lakeshore, today met with Veterans and stakeholders to gain their perspectives on the key issues facing Veterans and their families.
Minister O'Toole reinforced the Government of Canada's commitment to improving the lives of Veterans as they transition to civilian life by adopting a Veteran-centric approach, closing the seam between the Canadian Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Canada, and reducing red tape to benefits.
- The Government of Canada places the highest priority on providing service excellence to Veterans and their families and ensuring they have the support and services they need, when they need it.
- The Government of Canada offers rehabilitation services and vocational assistance to help improve Veterans' employability after they leave the military.
- Veterans participating in Rehabilitation Services may receive the Earnings Loss Benefit, which ensures that they will continue to receive a fair income while they focus on their health or re-training.
- Releasing Canadian Armed Forces members have access to Veterans Affairs services on or near 24 major Canadian Armed Forces bases and wings across Canada.
"I was pleased to meet with Veterans in Etobicoke to hear their views and insights firsthand. Meetings such as this one allow us to gather feedback on ways we can better serve and support Canada's Veterans and their families."
The Honourable Erin O'Toole, Minister of Veterans Affairs
"I am pleased Minister O'Toole is taking the time to consult with Veterans across the country. Today's meeting was a great opportunity to consult with Veterans on ways we can support them and their families as they transition to civilian life."
Bernard Trottier, Member of Parliament for Etobicoke–Lakeshore
SOURCE Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information: Martin Magnan, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Veterans of Affairs, 613-996-4649; Media Relations, Veterans Affairs Canada, 613-992-7468