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View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Your document points out that veterans’ family members do not necessarily have easy access to the department’s case managers. This committee has, on several occasions, come across that problem of family members’ lack of access to case managers. Does that complaint come up often?
View Alaina Lockhart Profile
Lib. (NB)
One of the things we've talked about is the personal touch versus brown envelopes. In your opinion, would that be helpful?
View Irene Mathyssen Profile
NDP (ON)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
We've been talking about family as client and family as advocate. I wonder if you have any insights or advice with regard to veterans who don't have that family network. How are they supported? Is there something that VAC should be doing in terms of making absolutely sure that this lone veteran is supported?
View Irene Mathyssen Profile
NDP (ON)
Thank you. I think that's an important recommendation, and it leads me to ask what other recommendations you would make. We're writing a report. What would be your top recommendation?
View Doug Eyolfson Profile
Lib. (MB)
All right. Thank you.
There was a study done at the University of Western Ontario that referred to how the transition from military life to unstructured life was a very vulnerable period. We may have touched on this. I'm assuming that if you intervened at this point, from the Veterans Affairs point, you might help to minimize the number of people becoming homeless, or decrease the chance that they would become homeless.
What would be the biggest impact that Veterans Affairs could have? What's the biggest thing they could do to help during this vulnerable transition period?
View Sherry Romanado Profile
Lib. (QC)
Thank you, Dana, Kimberly, and Matthew, to you and your family members.
Dana, you have served, and I want to thank you for your service and that of your family members and your friends. I know it may sound like empty words, especially when you have come back here three times to present yourself, but as a parent of two sons currently serving, I can guarantee you they are heartfelt. Everyone on this committee has been listening to the witnesses' testimony over the course of this study, and I can guarantee you we don't come out of this the same. It is genuine.
I would like to talk a little bit.... Michael Blais, you mentioned a lack of proactive approach to the treatment of our veterans, and I think you touched on an incredibly important aspect. What we have been hearing is that it is a very reactive approach. We wait for the veteran to come to us and say, “I need help.” We wait for the veteran to fill out the forms. We wait for the veteran to prove the injury. We wait for it.
I would like your suggestions. What would you recommend in terms of flipping that on its head and having a proactive approach to the care for our veterans and their families? We are seeing that we may have an x number of veterans, but when you calculate the families that are supporting them, we have a lot more veterans, in my view.
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