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View Pierre Lemieux Profile
CPC (ON)
When are the estimates due back?
View Pierre Lemieux Profile
CPC (ON)
Okay, so let me get back to the committee on that.
Thanks.
View Pierre Lemieux Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you very much.
Thank you for the presentation.
Mélanie, you're quite right. It's a stressful event to leave the military. I served for 20 years.
I think particularly the longer you're in, the more comfort you find in the environment you know so well. You understand the military back to front, up and down. It's a very specialized calling to be in the military. Your skill set, you think, is quite narrow. As you're leaving you're wondering if you'll make it, if you'll get a job, if your skill sets are transferable, what's the impact on your family. As you said, you're also leaving this network. I call it a finely tuned network that's provided for almost your every need medically, as well as your training, your pay, everything. And now you're going to be stepping out on your own. It is quite stressful.
First I'd like to know if this is available to all members of DND. Whether they have one year of service, six months, three years, ten years, they are all entitled to go to a SCAN seminar.
View Pierre Lemieux Profile
CPC (ON)
Okay. Thank you.
I'm trying to recollect. When I left I attended the SCAN seminars. I thought DND was running it at the time. Has there been a transfer of responsibility from DND to Veterans Affairs or has it always been with Veterans Affairs?
View Pierre Lemieux Profile
CPC (ON)
Okay. So the SCAN seminar run by DND is a much larger, more comprehensive affair. You're an element of it and you've briefed us on the Veterans Affairs component of the SCAN seminar.
View Pierre Lemieux Profile
CPC (ON)
That's good. It's open to spouses so they also get to hear what's going on.
View Pierre Lemieux Profile
CPC (ON)
I think that's excellent. I think it's as you said. The family has been part of the soldier's life throughout his career and they very much need to be part of his or her life as they are transitioning out. It just makes perfect sense.
Do you keep records on what percentage of DND...? I guess you wouldn't. You're just an invited guest. You're saying it's voluntary. Is there a high percentage or low percentage, 50-50 percentage of people leaving who attend the SCAN seminars or portions of it?
View Pierre Lemieux Profile
CPC (ON)
View Pierre Lemieux Profile
CPC (ON)
Right. You mentioned a few times that we're fortunate here in Ottawa to have A or to have B or to have C. But there are bases and military people serving across the country. Just from the experience of VAC and how SCANs are organized, do SCANs...? I imagine they're at big bases like Petawawa and Edmonton. But there are lots of smaller bases too. Are there SCAN seminars there and does VAC plug into these smaller locations?
View Pierre Lemieux Profile
CPC (ON)
Okay. So it's not that it's not accessible to members, SCAN seminars are offered at bases across the country.
View Pierre Lemieux Profile
CPC (ON)
That's a good point actually because we do have a lot of members who serve in liaison positions or exchange positions in other countries, particularly, for example, the U.S. That's just close enough, but they have to make a trip to come to the SCAN seminar.
View Pierre Lemieux Profile
CPC (ON)
Yes. I'll ask this question to DND when they come. I'm going to ask why it's not mandatory. When we check out of the military we actually have a release spreadsheet. You must go see pay and benefits, you must go see your release adviser, you must do this, you must do that, and everything must be checked off before actually you're considered to be released. I'll ask them why it is that SCAN seminars, while perhaps they might be highly recommended, are not actually a check box on a release format so that you actually have to attend at least part of it to know if you want to go to the rest of it. You probably can't answer that so I'll ask them that.
One of the things I'm going to find interesting about this study is you've got a member in DND who is receiving programs and services from DND because he is a serving soldier or she is a serving soldier and then there is SISIP. They transition through SISIP. The SCAN seminar I think is information based. So it's here's what's happening to you, here are the resources that are available to you. As you're leaving DND, SISIP might be providing some services. VAC provides services as well. I'm going to be interested in understanding what is it, for example, that SISIP might do that you might also do and are they cancelling?
For example, take vocational training. When I went through my SCAN seminar and interfaced with SISIP I was told I believe about vocational training and what was available to me in terms of vocational training. But I believe you have vocational training at least in your slide package.
So, for example, is that the same vocational training? In other words, there is a $70,000 limit in vocation training—you can confirm that number for me—and SISIP would offer something else. Are these two different types of vocational training? Or are they considered one program with two entry points? Can you tell us a bit about that?
View Pierre Lemieux Profile
CPC (ON)
So on the one hand one could say it's a little bit confusing because you have different organizations offering services. But on the other hand you could say the veteran actually has access to services at many different points. It's not one entry point, that's it, you missed the window, that's too bad. There are services offered by SISIP for example in vocation training. And there are other services also in vocational training offered by VAC if he transitions through SISIP into VAC.
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