Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

November 24, 2009 12:04 ET

Minister of Veterans Affairs Launches Campaign to Identify and Help Homeless Veterans in Montreal

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Nov. 24, 2009) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, joined representatives from local community organizations, partners from the Operational Stress Injury Social Support (OSISS) program, Wounded Warriors.ca and the Canadian Auto Workers to launch an outreach campaign to identify and help any homeless Veterans in the Montreal area.

"Our government has been working very hard-right across the country-to identify homeless Veterans and those who might be at risk of becoming homeless to get them the help they need," said Minister Thompson. "We believe our ever-expanding efforts are working to help vulnerable Veterans, but even one homeless hero is one too many. This campaign in Montreal will help us make sure every Veteran is getting the services and benefits he or she has earned and deserves."

The aim of the initiative is to measure the extent of homelessness among Veterans and help those identified access Veterans Affairs Canada programs and services including rehabilitation services, health care, employment support, family services and financial or disability benefits.

With the help of its partners, Veterans Affairs Canada wants to establish a relationship of trust with any homeless Veterans. The Department is working with partners from the OSISS program to make community groups that work with the homeless population aware of its programs and services.

Another key partner in the establishment of this campaign is Wounded Warriors.ca, which provided a vehicle for outreach teams to visit shelters and an emergency fund to provide immediate help to any homeless Veterans.

"In partnering with Veterans Affairs Canada, we reaffirm our commitment to helping soldiers and Veterans wherever their wounds may lead them. It is by being present on the streets and treating invisible wounds that we can help them," said Wayne Johnston, president and founder of Wounded Warriors.ca.

Jacques Gourde, the Member of Parliament for Lotbiniere-Chutes-de-la-Chaudiere and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Works and Government Services and to the Minister of National Revenue, said the community effort reflects Canada's determination to serve those who have always been there to serve our great nation.

"Our Veterans dedicated themselves to their missions when we needed them," said Mr. Gourde, who attended the announcement with Minister Thompson. "It is now our responsibility to be there for them when they need us."

For more information on Veterans Affairs Canada programs and services, visit www.vac-acc.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    613-992-7468
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications
    613-996-4649
    or
    Veterans Affairs Canada
    Jean-Pierre Godbout
    Communications Advisor
    514-283-2198 / 514-209-1622