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Government of Canada marks 101st anniversary of the Battles of the Somme and Beaumont-Hamel

Government of Canada marks 101st anniversary of the Battles of the Somme and Beaumont-Hamel
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Jul 07, 2017

On July 1, 2017 at Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial in France, the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Ambassador of Canada to France, joined Canadian and French citizens and officials to pay tribute to the Royal Newfoundland Regiment and recognize the service and ultimate sacrifice of Newfoundlanders in the First World War.

The Ambassador was joined by the Honourable Eddie Joyce, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment, representing the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador; madame Odile Bureau, sous-préfète de Péronne and representative of the French Republic; Canadian Armed Forces members and military representatives from other countries; Veterans; and Canadian youth.

The Canadian Armed Forces in the Balkans

The Canadian Armed Forces in the Balkans
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Jun 21, 2017

Tens of thousands of brave Canadian Armed Forces members served in the Balkans over the years. The challenges they faced were many and this photo gallery offers a window on the kinds of duties they performed.

Government of Canada investment in Invictus Games Toronto 2017

Government of Canada investment in Invictus Games Toronto 2017
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Jun 15, 2017

On June 15th, the Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, announced Government of Canada funding in support of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017. The Government of Canada will contribute up to $17.5 million to support the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 Organizing Committee in bringing this major international adaptive sporting event to Canada.

Minister Hehr attends the Royal Canadian Legion’s (RCL) 50th Ontario Provincial Command Biennial Convention

Minister Hehr attends the Royal Canadian Legion’s (RCL) 50<sup>th</sup> Ontario Provincial Command Biennial Convention
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May 18, 2017

The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, participated in the RCL’s 50th Provincial Command Convention that began with a wreath laying ceremony and parade on Sunday May 14th at the Boer War Monument at Victoria Park in London, Ontario. During the afternoon the Minister addressed the delegates as part of the opening ceremonies by highlighting the Government of Canada’s support for Veterans and their families through recent announcements from Budget 2017. The Minister recognized the RCL and its members for their remarkable work and wished them a productive convention.

Improving Veterans’ Access to Long-Term Care at The Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre

Improving Veterans’ Access to Long-Term Care at The Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre
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May 09, 2017

On May 9, 2017, Veterans, their families and local officials joined Sherry Romanado, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, to celebrate a new partnership arrangement between the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Champlain Local Health Integration Network that will provide specialized long-term care beds for Veterans at The Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre.

Veterans who are eligible for financial support from Veterans Affairs Canada in a community bed will now have access to up to 25 long-term care beds designated solely for their care.

Budget 2017: Moose Jaw

Budget 2017: Moose Jaw
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Apr 26, 2017

The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, met with Canadian Forces Members and their families at the Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) in Moose Jaw to provide details on Budget 2017 initiatives to assist Canada’s Veterans and their families.

Budget 2017 builds on the foundation that was established in Budget 2016 and will recognize the important role of caregivers, help more families, support mental health and provide for the education and training Veterans need to find the work they want in their post-military lives.

Budget 2017 would expand access to all 32 MFRCs across Canada following the success of a pilot project that allowed access for medically released Veterans and their families to seven MFRCs. Previously, these services were only for still-serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces.

More information: Government of Canada details enhanced support for Veterans and their families

Veterans Affairs Canada office reopens in Windsor
1 Riverside Drive West location will serve approximately 2,700 Veterans

Veterans Affairs Canada office reopens in Windsor<br />1 Riverside Drive West location will serve approximately 2,700 Veterans
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Apr 21, 2017

On April 21, 2017, Veterans, their families and local officials today joined Sherry Romanado, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, for the reopening of the Veterans Affairs Canada office in Windsor, Ontario.

The office is located at 1 Riverside Drive West, 6th floor (Suite 660), Windsor, Ontario. The Windsor office will employ approximately 15 staff who will serve close to 2,700 Veterans in the area. Staff at the office will answer questions about VAC services and benefits; arrange pension medical examinations; and assist Veterans with completing and submitting applications and receipts. Case-managed Veterans will also be able to meet with their case manager.

Carewest OSI Clinic Expansion Opening

Carewest OSI Clinic Expansion Opening
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Apr 21, 2017

On Friday April 21st, Veterans, their families and Carewest OSI Clinic employees joined the Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, for the opening of the Carewest OSI Clinic expansion in Calgary, Alberta. In partnership with Alberta Health Services, Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) funded the expansion at the Carewest Operational Stress Injury (OSI) Clinic. The expansion allows for future growth to meet not only the needs of Veterans, but also those of serving Canadian Armed Forces members and current and former RCMP members. More information

Government of Canada details enhanced support for Veterans and their families

Government of Canada details enhanced support for Veterans and their families
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Apr 18, 2017

On Tuesday April 18, at Georgian College, the Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, announced several new educational initiatives available to Veterans as part of Budget 2017. The announcement was followed by a visit at CFB Borden to meet with Canadian Armed Forces Members to talk about what Budget 2017 means for them.

Budget 2017 builds on the foundation that was established in Budget 2016 and will recognize the important role of caregivers, help more families, support mental health and provide for the education and training Veterans need to find the work they want in their post-military lives.

One of the most significant items introduced in this year’s budget – the new Education and Training benefit - provides up to $80,000 of financial support for the costs of college, university or technical education. Veterans will be able to make choices that best suit their family’s situation during their transition.

This benefit supports Veterans in achieving their education and future post-military employment goals and positions them to be more competitive in the workforce.

The Government also plans to redesign the Career Transition Services (CTS) program to ensure that Veterans, reservists, survivors, spouses and common law partners have the knowledge, skills and abilities required to search for employment in the civilian work force.

Day 6 – Marking the 3rd day of the Battle of Vimy Ridge (France)

Day 6 – Marking the 3rd day of the Battle of Vimy Ridge (France)
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Apr 11, 2017

As the ceremonies and activities wind down for the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, the Minister and the Government of Canada delegation spent a less formal day at Canadian National Vimy Memorial and the surrounding landscape.

The youth started out their day with an early morning March of Remembrance with their local counterparts in nearby Givenchy. They walked through the small town and up the “back road” to the memorial.

Minister Hehr was extremely moved as he toured around the base of the soaring monument. Today was also the first time the whole delegation had the opportunity to tour it together. After that, the group moved down to Cemetery No 2 where the youth once again took the lead in organizing the commemorative ceremony.

Jacqueline Primeau of Ontario and Luke MacEachern of Nova Scotia delivered presentations on their research on two First World War soldiers. At the end of the ceremony, all in attendance received a flower to lay on the Cross of Sacrifice as a symbol of remembrance.

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