Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Augmented Charter Helps
pleased with 'enhancements'
Comment submitted by Claude LaTulippe/Voice file
a step forward. Fantino mentions that stakeholders will be consulted and
that's a good thing.
This is what was missing
when the NVC was introduced in 2005. Now we can expect proper
representation. Veterans are happy to hear this.
founder/president of the Canadian Veterans Advocacy (CVA) group, has
done more for the veterans' cause than any person or organization.
He must be commended for his dedication. I am sure the CVA will be
invited to the table as a stakeholder.
The following dispatch
was released by Veterans Affairs in Ottawa:
Government of Canada Focused on Results through Comprehensive Review
of New Veterans Charter
OTTAWA , Nov. 19, 2013 - The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of
Veterans Affairs, today made his inaugural appearance before the
House of Commons' Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs since his
appointment as Minister in July. Before committee, Minister Fantino
reiterated the Government's support for a comprehensive review of
the New Veterans Charter, including all the enhancements that have
been made to it to date, with a special focus placed on the most
seriously injured, support for families and the delivery of programs
by Veterans Affairs Canada.
During his appearance, the Minister asked the Committee to consult
with Veterans and other key stakeholders on options for how the New
Veterans Charter could clearly define and demonstrate the Government
of Canada's relationship with Canadian Veterans.
"The work our Government does each day to serve Canadian Veterans
can be called many things: duty, responsibility, commitment, social
contract, sacred obligation or covenant. It is all of those things,"
said Minister Fantino. "Our Government is committed to ensuring that
we give Canada's Veterans the clarity they have asked for. As part
of the comprehensive review, I have asked the Committee to determine
how best we can state our commitment to Canada's Veterans, and what
is the best format for doing so."
The New Veterans Charter, which was passed unanimously by Parliament
in 2005 and implemented in 2006, is specifically designed to provide
Veterans with the tools, assistance and support they need to
effectively transition into civilian life and continue to contribute
their exceptional leadership skills to building a strong and
resilient Canada , just as they did in uniform.
The New Veterans Charter was reviewed by Parliament in 2011.
Enhancements made through that review include legislative and
regulatory changes which total $2 billion in new investments over
the life of key programs. These changes increased support for
severely injured Veterans and their families facing the greatest
challenges making the transition to civilian life, and ensured ill
and injured Veterans have an adequate income.
"Through the comprehensive parliamentary review, we are listening to
Veterans and their families, and building on the 160 recommendations
that have already been incorporated into the New Veterans Charter in
order to make responsible changes to better support our former
personnel," said Minister Fantino.
The comprehensive review of the New Veterans Charter, by legislators
and with input from Veterans, their family members, public
officials, the Veterans Ombudsman and the Veterans stakeholder
community, serves as a key forum to find responsible changes to
improve the already robust systems of support in place to help
Veterans Affairs Canada's support 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.
2013 is the Year of the Korean War VeteranóCanada proudly remembers
the heroes of the Korean War and their brave fight to defend the
Republic of Korea and uphold freedom, democracy and the rule of law.
For more information on Canada's role in the Korean War, visit
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