Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

December 05, 2006 14:33 ET

Veterans Affairs Minister Promotes New Veterans Charter

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 5, 2006) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, spoke today to the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association at its monthly luncheon. The Minister provided the assembly of top government, industry, and military professionals in the fields of information technology, communications, and intelligence with information on the programs and services provided through the New Veterans Charter, its goals and objectives, and other recent developments at Veterans Affairs Canada.

"Our Veterans deserve the very best we can offer them. It is with this in mind that we created a series of services and benefits known today as the New Veterans Charter. The Charter was designed with the intent of helping our Veterans make a successful transition from military to civilian life," noted Minister Thompson. "The Charter is the legacy we leave for the present and future generations of Canadian Forces (CF) Veterans. It is a promise of a future with opportunity and security for the brave men and women who serve us at home and abroad, and who keep us safe in a world where unrest and danger are a threat to all of us."

The programs and services of the New Veterans Charter, took effect on April 1 of this year. They represent a comprehensive wellness package that benefits CF members, Veterans and their families. The package contains the key elements which CF Veterans and their families said were important to them, including: job placement assistance, rehabilitation, financial benefits, access to group health insurance, and the disability award.

More information on the New Veterans Charter can be found on the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site at 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
    Special Assistant - Communications
    613-995-6264