Thank you, and thank you to our witnesses for being here today and participating in this study.
I have a slightly different model than I think Mr. Valeriote does. I feel the government has a primary and key role to play in the provision of services to veterans, but I certainly think that other organizations bring their own strengths to serving veterans. I'd look at it more as a mosaic. I think there's great value in the work you're doing out there, and it has to be a teamwork approach.
What I hear is that communication with the veteran, and being able to make the veteran aware of the services available, is a challenge. It's a challenge that you face and it's a challenge that we face, which is why there is promotional types of literature and advertising out to veterans to let them know what is available to them so they can plug into Veterans Affairs.
Tim, you spoke about a veteran who has gone dark in a sense. He has unplugged and he's looking after himself. It's my hope that if he sees advertising from you or from Veterans Affairs, a light might go on, and that he would say to himself, “I didn't realize that”, or “You know what, now that I see that, I'm going to plug in”, and be helped by what the government does, and by what you do as well.
I'd to focus a bit more on the study. Tim, if you don't mind, perhaps I'll use you as an example.
Let me go back to the vocational training. Let me ask first, were you a reservist or a full-time soldier?