Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

August 02, 2011 18:29 ET

Veterans Affairs Minister Steven Blaney Meets With Staff and Partners in Quebec City

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Aug. 2, 2011) -

Editors Note: There is a photo associated with this press release.

The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, continued his Quebec tour today by meeting with Veterans Affairs Canada staff at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier and in Sainte-Foy, as well as visiting the Operational Stress Injury (OSI) Clinic at the Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec (CHUQ).

"It is very helpful to see first-hand how we are delivering our services and programs to Veterans, Canadian Forces members and their families in different parts of the country," said Minister Blaney. "I have gained an even better understanding today of how our government and our partners are helping to make a real difference in the lives of Canada's greatest heroes."

Minister Blaney began today by touring Veterans Affairs Canada's service point at the Valcartier Garrison. While there, the minister also met with employees from the department who have been stationed at CFB Valcartier as part of a national strategy to locate Veterans Affairs Canada staff where there is a major military presence. This approach provides CF members with greater access to Veterans Affairs and helps new Veterans establish an early relationship with the department.

In the afternoon, Minister Blaney visited the department's new offices in the Samuel Holland Complex in Sainte-Foy, where he spoke with officers and case managers who serve Veterans and their families in the Quebec City area.

The Minister ended his day at the OSI Clinic at the CHUQ, where he spoke with specialists who work closely with Veterans and Canadian Forces members in the Quebec City area. Founded in 2004, the OSI Clinic at the CHUQ is part of a large network set up across Canada to offer specialized mental health services to the Veteran and military community.

The Minister's Quebec tour will end tomorrow in Montréal with the presentation of the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation to 14 Canadians who are being recognized for their exceptional commitment and dedication to Veterans.

For more information on the services and programs offered by Veterans Affairs Canada, visit veterans.gc.ca.

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Contact Information

  • Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    Veterans Affairs Canada
    613-992-7468

    Jean-Pierre J. Godbout
    Communications Advisor
    Quebec Region
    Veterans Affairs Canada
    514-283-2198 Cell: 514-209-1622

    Codie Taylor
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    613-996-4649