Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

June 23, 2008 08:35 ET

Veterans Affairs Canada: Minister Addresses Delegates at Royal Canadian Legion Biennial Convention

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 23, 2008) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, today delivered the keynote address before 1,600 delegates at their Business Session during The Royal Canadian Legion Dominion Command Biennial Convention.

"We live in a blessed nation because of the brave men and women who have always been willing to defend our shared values of freedom, democracy and the rule of law," said Minister Thompson. "The Royal Canadian Legion has played a leading role in serving our honoured Veterans and helping Canadians to remember the great sacrifice and remarkable achievements of our nation's truest heroes."

Minister Thompson provided delegates an update on initiatives within the Department including the new Veterans Ombudsman, the Bill of Rights, and the recent expansion of the Veterans Independence Program. He indicated that as of March this year, more than 7,600 Veterans and their families were receiving support through the New Veterans Charter which was implemented in 2006 to better meet the needs of modern-day Veterans and their families. In addition, Veterans Affairs Canada is in the process of doubling its network of operational stress injury clinics which provide specialized treatment for mental health conditions. By spring 2009, there will be ten operational stress injury clinics across the country.

Minister Thompson commended The Royal Canadian Legion for its work in making sure Canada's Veterans are treated with the dignity and respect they have earned.

"I don't think it's possible to over-state the part The Royal Canadian Legion plays in making sure that happens. As an organization you work hard to make sure our Veterans get the respect and services they need," the Minister said. "Your spirit of comradeship improves the lives of honoured Veterans."

The convention runs from June 22 to June 25 in Ottawa. The next Dominion Convention will be held in 2010 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications
    Veterans Affairs Canada
    Shelley Fiset
    Director of Communications