Parkhouse to Add Years of Military Experience and OSISS Expertise to the
OTTAWA, June 11, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of
Veterans Affairs and Minister for La Francophonie, today announced a
new and highly qualified appointment to the Veterans Review and Appeal
Board (VRAB) in Veteran Owen Parkhouse, CD, MA. In addition to his
duties as a Member, Mr. Parkhouse will also serve as the Board's Vice
Chair. This marks the first time in the history of the Board that a
member with his military credentials has held a senior leadership
The appointment was made in accordance with VRAB's merit-based selection
process. Through this appointment, Minister Blaney is continuing to
honor his commitment made to Veterans and stakeholders' organizations
to increase the number of Board members with military backgrounds.
"With the appointment of Owen Parkhouse, we are adding 25 years of
military experience to the Veterans Review and Appeal Board," said
Minister Blaney. "I have heard Veterans' organizations loud and clear
in their desire for the Board to have additional members with military
expertise and we are continuing to deliver for them."
Owen Parkhouse began his career in the military within the ranks,
eventually receiving a commission before retiring as a
lieutenant-commander. Following his military career, Mr. Parkhouse was
employed within the Operational Stress Injury Social Support (OSISS)
program as a project coordinator, development officer and peer support
coordinator. In these roles, he created and delivered numerous
professional development presentations and developed social support
programs for Canadian Armed Forces members and Veterans affected by
operational stress injuries.
"This is exactly what we want to see as Veterans. You couldn't have a
better person on the Board than somebody with this kind of military and
OSISS experience. I applaud the Minister," said Jim Lowther, CD,
President and Founder of Veterans Emergency Transition Services Canada
"It is encouraging to see Minister Blaney has responded to Veterans'
pleas with regards to appointments to the Veterans Review and Appeal
Board," added Michael L. Blais, CD, President and Founder of the
Canadian Veterans Advocacy. "The appointment of an experienced senior
officer and Veteran familiar with the mental health issues Veterans of
all eras are confronting is a positive development."
The Veterans Review and Appeal Board is the independent appeal tribunal
for the disability pension and disability award programs administered
by Veterans Affairs Canada. The Board's objective is to ensure Veterans
and their families receive the benefits to which they are entitled. To
achieve this, the Board conducts hearings that give applicants the
opportunity to appear in person and present new information and
arguments in support of their applications for disability benefits.
The Board operates at arm's length from the Department and the Minister
of Veterans Affairs to ensure a fair appeal process for applicants. For
more information on the Veterans Review and Appeal Board, please visit www.vrab-tacra.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
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