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View Phil McColeman Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you, Chair.
Thank you, Mr. Walbourne, for your testimony today and for being here.
I read your latest report, and when I look at the things you're saying, it makes me wonder what you would do if you had a clean slate, if none of these barriers existed.
In other words, you're a painter and you have a blank canvas. How would you establish a system that would work for the best possible delivery of benefits for our serving members in that transition time to Veterans Affairs? What would it be? What would it look like?
View John Brassard Profile
CPC (ON)
First of all, I'm glad we're having this conversation because you gentlemen have been around the RCMP a long time. You know that 10 years ago, the issues of mental health and the stigmas related to PTSD were not even being discussed. We've seen an evolution over the course of the last 10 years and probably more so in the last five years where it's come to the fore. I think it's a national discussion that needs to take place.
I want to talk specifically about early intervention, and you talked about prevention and education. Regarding the incidents where traumatic situations happen and post-incidents, I'm wondering if you can walk me through the RCMP process of a post-traumatic incident review. Obviously the best time to be talking about this is in the beginning, just after an incident happens.
What type of process does the RCMP have to deal with post-incident analysis and to help its members talk about what they've just gone through?
View John Brassard Profile
CPC (ON)
Is it on a peer support basis? Are these already existing officers or do you hire an outside agency to deal with this?
View John Brassard Profile
CPC (ON)
Right. So those incidents may not necessarily directly involve officers but they may be incidents that happen within the community in which officers are a part of, correct?
View John Brassard Profile
CPC (ON)
You know, I sit on the statutory regulations committee. We have no time frame. I can ask a question for an hour, if I want.
Anyway, thank you, gentlemen.
The only other comment I would make is that the public safety committee recently tabled a report. Are you aware of that report?
View John Brassard Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you, Mr. Chair. It's an honour to be sitting on this committee, to be frank.
I'm going to jump right into it because I only have five minutes.
Mr. Gannon, you mentioned this, and I think you did as well, Mr. Mac Culloch. It's somewhat disturbing to me, and unconscionable, actually, that two out of ten Blue Cross claims were being rejected at one point. Mr. Gannon, you said that it's now up to four and a half out of 10. Why is that happening? Is it a problem with our provider? Is it that information is not being filled out? At a minimum, how can that be corrected?
I'd like Mr. Mac Culloch to step in on that one as well.
View John Brassard Profile
CPC (ON)
In the process of procuring Blue Cross, there would have been certain standards and measures set by the government to make sure that our veterans would not be denied the type of access to benefits that they require, so where's the breakdown? That's what I'm trying to figure out here, Mr. Gannon.
View John Brassard Profile
CPC (ON)
Are you saying that the reason that we've gone up to this four and a half out of 10 claim rejection is directly because of Blue Cross?
View John Brassard Profile
CPC (ON)
Mr. Mac Culloch, I know you've touched on this, and I would imagine Ms. Michaud is probably hearing about it in Valcartier. You're seeing the same thing.
View John Brassard Profile
CPC (ON)
Another point I want to pick up on, Mr. Gannon, is one that you brought up about educational standards increasing. What have they increased to from where they were?
Perhaps you could just provide a brief response, because I'd like to get Ms. Michaud's opinion on something.
View John Brassard Profile
CPC (ON)
Ms. Michaud, you mentioned the 78% with no high school diploma coming through. Do those who are transitioning have active degrees? Do they have degrees that could qualify them to work in Veterans Affairs as part of that transition? Are you seeing that at all?
My point is about veterans helping veterans, because Mr. Gannon spoke about sometimes people within VAC not quite understanding what veterans are going through. Is there an opportunity for us, then, to guide or educate veterans who are transitioning to work in that field to help veterans going forward?
View Dave Van Kesteren Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I was mentioning to some of the others when I first got here that this is my 11th year in Parliament, and I have never sat on Veterans Affairs. This is a first for me. I'm privileged to be here.
When you jump into a new committee, one of the unfortunate things is that you get somewhat of a shallow understanding. It's like one of those prayer chains: when you're at the very end, everybody else has prayed for what you're going to pray for. I've gotten to that point. I've listened to this question and that question.
If I were going to be praying for vets, one of the things I'd be asking for is that in their transitions.... We touched on it slightly, but I want you to elaborate on the importance of moving into the workforce and on what we're doing as a government to make that easier for them. Are there areas in which we can improve on those things?
View Dave Van Kesteren Profile
CPC (ON)
I live near Detroit, and I don't know if we tried this, but there's an ad that comes on WJR. I don't know if you've heard it, but these are vets who are talking. “I still have nightmares. I'm okay, but I still have these recurring visions.” It's a public awareness campaign. I remember the first time I heard it. Now that I've heard it a number of times, each time I hear it, for me as a civilian it reinforces the severity of what some of our vets have gone through.
Have we thought about that as a way we can reach out to the public at large? When I talk about jobs for vets too, has there been co-operation? Do we need to address businesses at large to make them aware of the plight that some of our vets are involved in?
View Dave Van Kesteren Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you so much. This has been so informative.
I really appreciated what you said about thinking about the total cost of a mission. You are so absolutely right. I think all of us have a love for our military. When people ask me what the greatest part of my job is, I say it's the military and the veterans. That is probably what is nearest and dearest to me.
In my riding of Chatham-Kent—Essex, or Leamington now.... I say that because we have the Essex and Kent command in Windsor and Chatham, and these men and women have had such an impact on all of our lives.
When we talk about the total cost, have we really taken into account the later years of our soldiers? Are we doing enough there? Are we considering what might happen two, five, or maybe 10 years down the road? Is there enough effort being focused on that part of their life?
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