LONDON, ON, Dec. 13, 2013 /CNW/ - Cutting red tape for Veterans,
priority hiring of Veterans and the upcoming review of the New Veterans
Charter were just some of the topics covered by the Honourable Julian
Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, earlier today during an address
and a question and answer period with members and guests of the
Canadian Club of London. The event, part of the Club's monthly Speaker
Series Luncheon, drew a crowd of over 100 participants to the London
Minister Fantino outlined how Veterans Affairs Canada is streamlining
and simplifying its programs to better serve Veterans and their
families in accessing the benefits and services they need in more
efficient and timely ways. The Minister also highlighted recent changes
to his department's Vocational Rehabilitation programming to assist
Veterans in making a successful transition to the civilian workforce.
Minister Fantino seized the opportunity as well to raise awareness of
upcoming commemorative milestones taking place in 2014, including the
100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War, and the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.
Since 2006, the Government has invested almost $5 billion in new funding
to enhance Veterans benefits, programs and services.
Under vocational rehabilitation, eligible Veterans now have access to up
to $75,800 for specialized training.
Through newly introduced legislation, Canadian Armed Forces personnel
who medically release due to a service-related injury will get 5-year
priority status for federal public service jobs for which they qualify.
Helmets to Hardhats and Hire a Veteran are two key programs that help
Canadian Armed Forces Veterans transition to private sector careers.
The Canadian Club of London has hosted over 1,000 national and
international leaders since its foundation in 1906.
"Our Government keeps building on the many improvements we have made to
enhance Veterans benefits, programs and services. We will leave no
stone unturned to ensure Canada's Veterans have the tools and
assistance they need, when they need it."
Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs
"The Canadian Club of London takes great pride in the calibre of
speakers our Speakers Series Luncheons attract to our community. We are
grateful for the opportunity to hear first-hand from Minister Fantino
how Corporate Canada can help support our Veterans."
Erin Pollett, President, Canadian Club of London
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information:
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
Media Relations Advisor
Veterans Affairs Canada
Canadian Club of London