Government of Canada committed to supporting Veterans and their families in the North
WHITEHORSE, May 23, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, today met with Veterans' stakeholder groups in Whitehorse, Yukon. The Minister hosted a roundtable at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 254 in an effort to learn about the issues of importance to Veterans in northern communities, and to share information on services and supports that are available to Veterans and their families.
While in Whitehorse, Minister Fantino also met with Yukon Premier, Darrell Pasloski, David Laxton, Speaker of the House for the Yukon Legislative Assembly, and Senator Daniel Lang. He also visited the Canadian Forces Joint Task Force North, Detachment Yukon.
Earlier this week, the Minister reached out to Canada's Veteran community in Vancouver and Victoria, where he reiterated his commitment to improving services for Veterans and their families.
- My VAC Account (MVA) is a secure way for Veterans to do routine business with Veterans Affairs Canada online 24/7 at their convenience.
- From career transition services to rehabilitation support and mental health services, there are programs and services to help Canada's Veterans and their families as they transition to civilian life.
"Today's fulsome discussions provided an excellent opportunity to build on our strong working relationships with our partners in the North. Together, we are listening to the issues that matter to Veterans and their families in the Yukon, and we are committed to providing the supports and services they need."
The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs
"The visit of the Minister of Veterans Affairs reaffirms our government's commitment to Yukoners. Together, Minister Fantino and I are committed to working on behalf of Yukon Veterans who so bravely served Canada."
Senator Daniel Lang, Yukon
"We are very pleased to welcome Minister Fantino to Yukon. I am confident that the time he spends here will provide important insights to the work he does for Veterans and for all Canadians."
Darrell Pasloski, Premier of Yukon
"The Yukon has over 250 Veterans spanning from the Second World War through to Afghanistan, and many are from the RCMP. I am extremely pleased Minister Fantino was able to visit us here in the North and learn firsthand about the unique circumstances facing our RCMP officers and military veterans. The Minister's visit presented a valuable opportunity for many of us to discuss unique and common concerns experienced by Canada's veterans."
David Laxton, Speaker of the House, Yukon Legislative Assembly
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information:
Press Secretary Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Affairs Canada