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View James Bezan Profile
CPC (MB)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I want to thank the witnesses for being here today and for their support to our serving men and women in uniform and to our veterans.
Captain Langlois, how many people right now are employed in the JPSU?
View James Bezan Profile
CPC (MB)
I've heard from military members who are transitioning out of the service that one of the things that makes them fairly anxious in transitioning out is that the credentials that they have through their various fields of employment within the Canadian Armed Forces are often not recognized when they transition into civilian life.
Have Canadian Armed Forces started to look at how we can provide a civilian Red Seal, for example, for mechanics, for aviation, or things of that nature?
View James Bezan Profile
CPC (MB)
In addition to the problem of the armed forces credentials, every province makes its own decisions. For the Red Seal program, there are different qualifications that are required.
View James Bezan Profile
CPC (MB)
I know that the United States has used monster.com, the employment website, to help with that transfer of information and to make those new credentials more accessible and understandable for employers who are looking at veterans moving into civilian life.
View James Bezan Profile
CPC (MB)
One thing I also hear about from serving members and veterans is the issue of medial records, and the transfer of those medical records to the VAC files. Has that been streamlined at all in the last few months, or are there still some hiccups along the way?
View James Bezan Profile
CPC (MB)
I had a conversation with the National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces ombudsman, Gary Walbourne, who used to be the deputy ombudsman over in Veterans Affairs. He's suggesting that rather than having our veterans who are being medically released go through another medical assessment done through VAC, there's a possibility that we should be using the surgeon general as the be-all and end-all in making the determination on medical release. He also suggests that it be the factor determining how they are handled by VAC, whether it's through SISIP or any of the other programs, based upon their medical condition.
Have there been any discussions between the two of you on that in that working group?
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