Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

July 06, 2011 13:57 ET

Veterans Affairs Minister Steven Blaney Meets With Partners to Discuss Care and Support for Veterans and CF Members

MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - July 6, 2011) - The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, accompanied by Robert Goguen, Member of Parliament for Moncton–Riverview–Dieppe, wrapped up a two-day tour of New Brunswick today by meeting with Department of National Defence and Canadian Forces partners serving Canada's Veterans, Canadian Forces members and their families.

"These types of meetings are extremely helpful as we continue to make sure Veterans Affairs Canada is meeting the diverse and changing needs of the men and women we serve," said Minister Blaney. "I am pleased to have had the chance to hear first-hand the experiences and suggestions of our partners who are working with us to care for and support our Veterans."

Participants at the meeting included representatives from the Directorate of Casualty Support Management, the New Brunswick-Prince Edward Island Joint Personnel Support Unit, and the integrated personnel support centres in Moncton and at CFB Gagetown. Staffed jointly by employees from Veterans Affairs Canada and the Department of National Defence, a total of 24 IPSCs currently provide one-stop service for ill or injured CF personnel and their families across the country.

"These centres are another important way our government is making sure our Veterans, CF members and their families receive the services and benefits they need and deserve," said Minister Blaney. "We want our service men and women to know their country is here for them."

Minister Blaney's visit to New Brunswick began yesterday with a visit to Veterans Affairs Canada's Saint John District Office and the Ridgewood Veterans' Wing. His tour moved to Oromocto this morning, with his first official visit to CFB Gagetown, before concluding in Moncton.

"I have learned a lot over the past two days and I am sincerely grateful to everyone who took the time to meet with me to talk about issues that are important to our nation's greatest heroes," said Minister Blaney. "We still have more work to do, but we are clearly on the right track."

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