New Vet­eran’s Char­ter

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On March 20, the Hon Ju­lian Fantino, Min­is­ter of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs, is­sued the fol­low­ing state­ment re­gard­ing the New Vet­er­ans Char­ter: "Last Novem­ber 19, 2013, I ap­peared be­fore the House of Commons Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Vet­er­ans Af­fairs to demon­strate my sup­port for this new com­pre­hen­sive re­view of the New Vet­er­ans Char­ter, in­clud­ing all the en­hance­ments that have been made to it, to date, with a spe­cial fo­cus on the most se­ri­ously in­jured, sup­port for fam­i­lies and the de­liv­ery of de­part­men­tal pro­grams.”

"Our com­mit­ment to Cana­dian Vet­er­ans is ab­so­lute and has been since our Govern­ment was formed in 2006. Some have called the work done by Vet­er­ans Af­fairs to be a duty, a re­spon­si­bil­ity, a com­mit­ment, a so­cial con­tract or a sa­cred obli­ga­tion. I be­lieve it is all of those things.”

"I, there­fore, reaf­firm my com­mit­ment to im­prove the New Vet­er­ans Char­ter and to that end, I have asked the Par­lia­men­tary Re­view to in­clude con­sul­ta­tions with Cana­di­ans, Vet­er­ans and ex­perts on ex­actly what our shared duty, re­spon­si­bil­ity, man­date, obli­ga­tion, com­mit­ment or con­tract is with Cana­dian Vet­er­ans and how that should be stated in the New Vet­er­ans Char­ter.”

"I look for­ward to the Com­mit­tee’s find­ings and, based on these find­ings, I re­main com­mit­ted to im­prov­ing the New Vet­er­ans Char­ter and sup­port­ing Cana­dian Armed Forces per­son­nel, Vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies, as they so rightly de­serve.”

80-G-425237: Site of Rear Ad­mi­ral Robert E. Peary’s Cairn (1906) at Cape Sheridan, Elle Smere Is­land, Canada. Shown (left to right): Mr. Bur­ton, Cana­dian Ob­server; Cap­tain Ge­orge E. Peter­son, CTG 49.2; Mr. J.G. Dyer, USWB Ob­server, 7 Au­gust 1950. Photo cour­tesy for Robert Han­shew Vis­ual-Art Cu­ra­tor Na­tional Mu­seum of the US Navy

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