EDMONTON, Nov. 26, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister
of Veterans Affairs, today met with leading Canadian and international
researchers, academics and experts at the fourth annual Canadian
Military and Veteran Health Research Forum in Edmonton, Alberta. The
Forum brings together leading Canadian and international researchers on
military and Veteran health.
"Our Government is proud to be a supporter of the 2013 Military and
Veteran Health Research Forum," said Minister Fantino. "The
cutting-edge research presented and discussed at this event is
invaluable to meeting the needs of Veterans and their families."
Topics presented and discussed at this year's event include: mental,
physical, social and occupational health; making the transition from
military to civilian life; post-traumatic stress disorder; obesity,
sport, and abilities; suicide; helping military families; and health in
As part of the event, Minister Fantino will also meet with Captain Simon
Mailloux, who was seriously injured while on duty in Afghanistan in
2007 as the result of an improvised explosive device and returned to
service in Afghanistan in 2009. He currently serves as the infantry
second-in-command for the 1st Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment.
"Our Government commends Queen's University and its partners for their
work in creating the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health
Research and this forum, which is one important way to gather ideas,
generate dialogue and disseminate information to help Canadian Armed
Forces personnel, Veterans and their families," said Minister Fantino.
"We must do everything we can to support Canada's Veterans, and the
women and men of the Canadian Armed Forces who, like Captain Mailloux,
have put themselves in harm's way to ensure our freedom."
Established to help address the health research requirements of the
military, Veterans and their families, the Institute is a consortium of
30 Canadian universities providing a link between universities and
government departments, such as Veterans Affairs Canada and the
Department of National Defence.
Veterans Affairs Canada researchers will also present at the Forum on
topics including new findings from the Life After Service Studies; a
new national initiative to improve mental health service delivery; and
the analysis of findings about the wellness of Canadian Armed Forces
For more information on the Canadian Military and Veteran Health
Research Forum, visit www.cimvhr.ca.
Veterans Affairs Canada's supports and services offer the right care at
the right time to achieve the best results for Veterans and their
families. Find out more at veterans.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
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