Increased Support to Military Families

Entering the military is not just a job, it is a way of life. When Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members medically-release from the military, they and their families both have to adjust to a new way of life. This transition can be overwhelming has lead to increased support to military families at all 32 Military Family Resource Centers (MFRCs) across Canada. First, as of April 1, 2018, medically-releasing CAF members, Veterans and their families can now access the transition programs, referral services, and intervention supports at all MFRCs for as…

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NCVA: Government Fails to Meet Veterans’ Expectations Regarding the Reestablishment of “Lifelong Pensions” Under New Veterans Charter

The National Council of Veteran Associations (NCVA) and The War Amps of Canada contend that Minister O’Regan’s announcement regarding the long-awaited “lifelong pension” has failed to live up to the Liberal government’s election commitment to address the inequities in the New Veterans Charter, and continues to ignore “the elephant in the room” which has overshadowed this discussion. Minister O’Regan’s announcement suggested that the “pension for life” would include the following three “pillars”: The present lump sum Disability Award would be replaced by a new Pain and Suffering Compensation Benefit representing…

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Open Letter: Justin Trudeau – What It’s Like To Be A Veteran In Canada

November 27, 2017 Pete Howell Dear Mr. Trudeau, A veteran is someone who, at one point in their life wrote a blank cheque made payable to their country for an amount up to and including their life. At 17 years old, like many of us, I signed that blank cheque which thankfully was never cashed by the Government of Canada during those years of military service. I am a military veteran and one of the lucky ones in this country. It also includes being the son of a veteran and…

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Government fails to address “elephant in the room” regarding veterans’ benefits

The War Amps of Canada/ National Council of Veteran Associations (NCVA) contend that the Liberal Government has failed to live up to its commitment to fix the New Veterans Charter and has ignored the “elephant in the room” which has overshadowed this discussion. Brian N. Forbes, Chairman of the Executive Committee of The War Amps and Chairman of NCVA, stated that it is fundamentally essential at this time that the Government recognize that much more is required to improve the New Veterans Charter, with particular emphasis on: Resolving the significant disparity…

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Canadian Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Canada unveil new Suicide Prevention Strategy

October 5, 2017 – Today, Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan, Veterans Affairs Minister and Associate Minister of National Defence Seamus O’Regan, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs Sherry Romanado, and General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff, announced a joint suicide prevention strategy that seeks to understand, address and mitigate risks of suicide across the entire military and Veteran community. Developed in partnership with mental health experts, this joint strategy represents a new, holistic, pan-Canadian Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) approach to suicide prevention.…

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Canada Remembers Those Lost During U-boat Attacks on Newfoundland Crown Colony

Canadians take pride in their rich history and military heritage and a central responsibility of Veterans Affairs Canada is to pay tribute to the selfless service and contributions of Canada’s Veterans, and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. On September 16th, Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, attended a commemorative ceremony that marked an important military milestone – the 75th anniversary of the U-boat attacks at Bell Island during the Second World War. Bell Island, which sits in Newfoundland and Labrador’s Conception Bay, was one of the few communities in North America be hit…

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Enhanced support for Veterans and their families

Whenever a Canadian serves in Canada’s armed forces, their whole family serves with them. That is why the Government of Canada has made it a priority to not only improve benefits and services for our nation’s Veterans, but for their families as well. Sherry Romanado MP met with Canadian Armed Forces Members and their families at Bagotville Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) today to provide details on changes to VAC programs and benefits that will do more to support Canada’s Veterans and their families. Budget 2017 highlights include the expansion…

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