Office of the Veterans Ombudsman

Office of the Veterans Ombudsman

March 22, 2010 07:00 ET

Veterans Ombudsman to Host Town Halls in BC

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 22, 2010) - Patrick B. Stogran, Canada's Veterans Ombudsman, continues his Town Hall meetings with Veterans with a visit to British Columbia March 22 to 29. The Office of the Veterans Ombudsman (OVO) launched in the early part of 2010 a level of public engagement that is innovative in terms of proactive consultation and transparency, designed to gather the best and most comprehensive information possible of Canadian Veterans, their families and friends.

"Collaboration is essential to the work of the OVO and reflects a commitment to involve Veterans in our efforts," said Pat Stogran. "I want to ensure that Veterans and their families have access to programs and services that allow them the best quality of life possible, and that they are treated with the respect and dignity they deserve."

One of the recurring themes heard at previous Town Halls is the frustration in the Veterans community over the excessive bureaucracy of Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC). Veterans claim to be having difficulties in the administration of programs and services, as well as the approval, review and appeals processes, making cumbersome the eligibility of benefits. The OVO is looking at this issue to ensure appropriate supports are in place.

The OVO is working closely with VAC and National Defence to fulfil the obligation of Canadian society to support Veterans and their families who are faced with Operational Stress Injuries (OSI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD) related issues.

The Office of the Veterans Ombudsman is the rallying point for all Veterans issues. Its role is to serve as an advocate for fairness on behalf of all Canadian Veterans and their families.

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