Veterans Affairs Canada

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March 15, 2005 15:02 ET

Minister of Veterans Affairs Signs Agreement with International Counterparts



MARCH 15, 2005 - 15:02 ET

Minister of Veterans Affairs Signs Agreement with
International Counterparts

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 15, 2005) - The Honourable Albina
Guarnieri, Minister of Veterans Affairs, signed an agreement today, with
four of her international counterparts, to endorse the collaborative
activities underway at senior levels to exchange information and develop
solutions to areas of common concern relating to their countries'
veterans. The agreement was signed in London, England, at the
conclusion of a two-day summit meeting of Veterans Affairs Ministers
from the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, the United States and

"While each participating country faces challenges of different scales
with different solutions, our veterans face the same concerns no matter
what country they fought for," said Minister Guarnieri. "All veterans
will benefit from their governments sharing knowledge, experience,
technology and successes."

This inaugural Ministerial Summit addressed future strategic challenges
and provided an opportunity to share ideas and best practices in moving
forward on programs in support of veterans. It was a natural
progression in the international collaboration which began officially in
2001. Since that time, through a series of Senior International Forum
meetings, the five countries have made much progress in terms of
addressing common issues. For example, Canada is leading the
development of a best practice protocol for the prevention, assessment
and treatment of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other
operational stress injuries. The countries have also shared best
practices in terms of enabling modern-day military members to make a
smooth transition to civilian life. The Statement of Intent signed
today endorses the ongoing work of the Senior International Forum and
its working committees.

During the Summit, the Ministers discussed a number of topics, including
a modernized approach to wellness, balancing the mix of services to
address the needs of traditional war veterans and their younger
counterparts, joint commemorations, developments in addressing
operationally-related health matters, and developments in research and
information exchange.


Contact Information

    Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    (613) 992-7468
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Stephanie Lewis
    Press Secretary
    (613) 996-4649