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Post by Dannypaj on Sat 10 Jun 2017, 07:29
More information for our troops

Feels like someone is getting the message, that we (the people) are their best friends.
The same guy who was involved with the NVC is now involved in this?
The same guys at the top, the same tightly knit circle and if you luckily advance through the ranks (laughable titles), then they may have a seat for you, in this tight knit circle, "ask PS" .
Government made the promise (especially to VETERANS) and maybe it will act honourably, as we continue to apply pressure through social media.
Respect, Resolve and Honour.
We served no question asked.
No law governing veterans helping the silenced CANADIAN VETERANS (or the one's whom are afraid  to speak up).
Respect, Resolve and Honour, people serving Canada

Build trust with us vets.
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Veterans to get more support

Post by Guest on Sat 10 Jun 2017, 05:30

Veterans to get more support

Published June 9, 2017 - 7:57pm

New unit to help with physical, mental illnesses

Scott Brison, president of the Treasury Board and MP for Kings-Hants, outlines federal government plans for more support for transitioning military veterans.

The Canadian military is aiming to make the transition from military life easier through a number of new initiatives announced in the Liberal government’s defence review, Strong, Secure, Engaged.

The long-awaited report, which touched on everything from navy procurements to gender equality and commits to billions in new spending, was announced by Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan on Wednesday. Sajjan will be in Halifax Monday to speak publicly about the plan.

Details about a new 1,200 personnel Canadian Armed Forces transition group — which will support both members at the end of their careers and those exiting due to physical and psychological injuries as they prepare to return to civilian life — were outlined by Treasury Board president Scott Brison at a Halifax military family resource centre and by Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr at an event in Ottawa a day earlier.

Speaking with members of the media and military, Hehr said in the past Canada has not put enough effort into the transition process.

“Veterans have said publicly that, after years of dedicated service, the transition process is time-consuming, convoluted and confusing,” he said.

“This is not the message of gratitude government should be sending troops at the end of their military careers.”

Speaking with The Chronicle Herald on Friday, Wayne Eyre, deputy commander of the military personnel command, said the new division is actually an expansion and rebranding of the role of the existing integrated personnel support centres, which focuses on regular member transition within and out of the the military, integrated with the joint personnel support unit, which focuses on ill or injured members.

“The Canadian Forces transition group will be responsible for the release and transition of all members, not just the ill and injured,” Eyre said.

“Organizationally, we have to stand down one unit to stand up another, but it’s really going to build on the successes of the ISPCs. Same organization, same people on the ground, enhanced with more capacity.”

Headed by a general, the Canadian Armed Forces transition group will consist of 400 specialized staff, some military, some civilian, as well as act as a final posting for some 800 personnel, whose only mission will be to heal from their physical and psychological injuries and prepare for their transition.

Eyre said that means members will remain on payroll until the day they leave the forces and receive their pension and other benefits, so there’s no gap in take home income — something many members have voiced concerns about in the past.

The new unit’s specialized transition team will also include both Canadian Forces and Veterans Affairs Canada staff to help members navigate the hoops of applying for various benefits and making sure the individuals are connected to all the services they require before their transition out.

These changes, Eyre said, fall in line with the need for a “concierge service,” used by both the U.S. and Australia, that has been recommended by the veterans ombudsman since 2016 to help guide ex-members out of the military.

While the Strong, Secure, Engaged document provides major increases in overall funding to the military, Eyre said he wasn’t able to provide a figure on precisely what these specific changes will cost.

As for how long until the new services are in place and at full operational capacity, Eyre said the plan is currently in the detailed implementation phase.

“This is a priority of the chief of defence staff,” he said.

“I can’t commit to saying two years, can’t commit to saying three years, but I think if we have to wait five or 10 years we will have missed the government intent.”


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