Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

February 05, 2010 13:33 ET

Canada to Host 2012 International Veterans Administrations Ministerial Forum

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 5, 2010) - The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture), participated this week in meetings that brought together his counterparts and other representatives from New Zealand, Australia and the United States.

In Wellington, New Zealand, member countries from the International Veterans Administrations Ministerial Forum discussed the challenges involved in meeting the needs of an aging population of traditional war service Veterans, and the needs of a growing population of modern-day Veterans. "This meeting showed me that the issues concerning Veterans are essentially the same, no matter the country, and that there is a lot of interest in Canada's New Veterans Charter. I was proud to note that Canada is leading the way in the practices and programs that we offer to our Veterans. Though we must continually strive for improvement, the Charter gives us a solid base on which to stand," said Minister Blackburn.

Furthermore, at Minister Blackburn's initiative, the member countries at the Forum discussed the relevance of inviting other countries to participate in these meetings, which take place every two years. "Given the large number of countries that work side by side with us in Afghanistan, we believe that the time has come to extend invitations to the Forum to certain countries who share similar challenges and issues. Many of those countries will see young Veterans coming home, and we all share the challenges posed by their return to civilian life," added the Minister.

These new member countries will be invited to participate in the next Forum, which will be held for the first time in Canada, at Minister Blackburn's invitation. "Admittedly, we all come from different countries, and have different points of view and priorities. Nonetheless, we share the same goal: providing the best services possible to the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our countries. This is why it is important to learn from the successes and challenges faced by each of our countries, so that we can use this information when it comes time for us to improve the programs we offer to our Veterans."

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