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SOURCE Veterans Affairs Canada
FREDERICTON, July 7, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, today met with representatives of Veterans' organizations and other stakeholders to gain their perspectives on key issues facing Canada's Veterans. The Minister was joined by MP Keith Ashfield and MLA Brian Macdonald, New Brunswick Legislative Secretary for Military Affairs.
Minister Fantino provided updates on Government of Canada initiatives related to Veterans' employment, mental health, and homelessness. Participants included Harold Harper, Provincial President, Royal Canadian Legion New Brunswick Command.
Today's meetings followed a Veterans stakeholder meeting last week in Toronto, where Minister Fantino announced a Government of Canada partnership with Veterans Emergency Transition Services (VETS) Canada that will better deliver national assistance, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to Veterans in need.
While in New Brunswick, Minister Fantino also paid a visit to the Ridgewood Veterans Health Wing in Saint John. He was joined by MP Rodney Weston, as well as members of the Royal Canadian Legion Lancaster Branch.
"Our government is committed to supporting Canada's Veterans as they transition to civilian life when their time in uniform is complete. Meeting face-to-face with Veterans and stakeholders is essential to ensuring that we are on the right track with the changes we are making to our programs and services."
The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs
"I am pleased Minister Fantino is meeting with Veterans and their families here in New Brunswick where we have the second largest military base in the country. Our government is committed to working with Veterans and their families to ensure their needs are being met as they transition to civilian life."
The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Member of Parliament for Fredericton
"Ensuring that Veterans have the support and services they need is a priority for our government and that includes access to long-term care in their own communities. It is important to keep the dialogue going with Veterans and their families in order to ensure that we are adequately supporting those who have served our country."
Rodney Weston, Member of Parliament for Saint John
"Ensuring Veterans and their families have the support they need and deserve is a priority for both our provincial and federal governments. This valuable meeting was a great opportunity for Veterans and stakeholders to share ideas and provide feedback on ways both our governments can help Veterans successfully transition from military to civilian life."
The Honourable Brian Macdonald, Member of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick.
"I am pleased that Minister Fantino is taking the time to engage Veterans and other stakeholders from across the country. It is imperative that we continue to have open and frank discussions to ensure that Canadian Armed Forces personnel, Veterans, and their families have the support they need as they transition to civilian life."
Ray Kokkonen, National President, Canadian Peacekeeping Veterans Association
"Today's meeting is another step in the right direction, as it is essential that we continue to dialogue on how best to support our men and women when their military service to this country comes to an end."
Harold Harper, Provincial President, Royal Canadian Legion New Brunswick Command
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