Last updated on April 17, 2014 at 7:39 EDT

Harper Government Supports Military Families at “Military Families Matter” Event in Cornwall

March 26, 2013

CORNWALL, ON, March 26, 2013 /CNW/ – The Honourable Steven Blaney,
Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister for La Francophonie, today
gave the keynote address at the Military Families Matter event in
Cornwall, Ontario.

“Our Government ensures Canadian Armed Forces personnel, Veterans and
their families receive care and support where and when they need it,”
said Minister Blaney. “I commend the Vanier Institute of the Family and
the Military Family Services Program for their commitment and
dedication to ensuring that military families have access to the
support and services they need.”

The Vanier Institute of the Family and the Military Family Services
Program spearheaded this interactive networking opportunity in an
effort to connect community clinicians, researchers, community
organizations and the general public, as part of their Military
Families in Canada Initiative.

“The needs of ill and injured Veterans, Canadian Armed Forces personnel
and their families can be increasingly complex,” said Minister Blaney.
“That is why our Government is taking action and cutting red tape so we
can address those needs faster. We are committed to helping ill and
injured military personnel who are transitioning to civilian life, as
that immediate treatment and support can be particularly beneficial for
their long-term well-being.”

The goal of the initiative is to build awareness, capacity, competency
and community with projects such as an online interactive knowledge
network. Today’s event allowed participants to identify best practices,
explore knowledge exchange and determine training opportunities. It
also included speeches from dignitaries and an introduction to the
military family experience and to military family mental health.
Participants viewed exhibits on health care, mental health, education,
community, social services and met professionals such as family
physicians, first responders, mental health nurses and teachers.

2013 is the Year of the Korean War Veteran–Canada proudly remembers the
heroes of the Korean War and their brave fight to uphold freedom,
democracy and the rule of law.

For more information on Veterans Affairs Canada’s programs and services,
please visit veterans.gc.ca.

SOURCE Veterans Affairs Canada

Source: PR Newswire