Pri­or­ity Hir­ing for In­jured Veter­ans

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In November, the Hon­or­able Ju­lian Fantino, Min­is­ter of Veter­ans Af­fairs, an­nounced new leg­is­la­tion in­tended to pro­vide med­i­cally re­leased Veter­ans of the Cana­dian Armed Forces (CAF) who were in­jured in ser­vice to Canada the top level of pri­or­ity con­sid­er­a­tion for job open­ings in the pub­lic ser­vice. The an­nounce­ment was made at a news con­fer­ence held at the 5th An­nual Trib­ute Din­ner hosted by True Pa­triot Love Foun­da­tion.

“Med­i­cally re­leased Veter­ans have made a sig­nif­i­cant sac­ri­fice in their ser­vice to Canada and they have the skills, train­ing and ex­pe­ri­ence that make them ideal can­di­dates to con­tinue strength­en­ing Canada through pub­lic ser­vice,” said Min­is­ter Fantino. “I am de­lighted to con­firm that the Harper Govern­ment is get­ting Canada’s pri­or­i­ties right and lead­ing by ex­am­ple by im­prov­ing em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for Veter­ans.”

Ev­ery year, many mil­i­tary mem­bers tran­si­tion out of the CAF. For those mem­bers who can­not de­ploy and meet the de­mands of op­er­a­tions, find­ing mean­ing­ful em­ploy­ment is a key fac­tor in mak­ing a suc­cess­ful tran­si­tion to civil­ian life.

“I wel­come this ad­di­tional sup­port for Regular Force and Re­serve Force mem­bers who have sac­ri­ficed so much for our coun­try,” said the Hon­or­able Rob Ni­chol­son, Min­is­ter of Na­tional De­fence. “This change will pro­vide mean­ing­ful em­ploy­ment op­tions to mem­bers of the CAF who are med­i­cally re­leased.”

Veter­ans who will make use of this mea­sure must qual­ify for the po­si­tions they are seek­ing. The changes will ap­ply to med­i­cally re­leased Veter­ans who re­ceived a pri­or­ity en­ti­tle­ment on or af­ter April 1, 2012.

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