Veterans, military personnel and their families are a top priority for our government.
Earlier this year, we launched a National Defence Policy that is based on three values: Strength, Security and Engagement. It is an ambitious yet realistic plan that outlines Canada’s defence priorities for the next 20 years. It is a plan to build an even stronger military, to better allocate funding, and most importantly, to care for the women and men who put on the uniform and serve Canada.
This year has already been great for Thunder Bay. We’ve reopened all 9 Veterans Affairs offices that were closed by the previous Conservative government, opened an additional new office, and increased services to veterans in the North. As you know, our VAC office in Thunder Bay has been reopened on Syndicate Avenue office since January 2017. The office does outreach and connects with veterans that have slipped through the cracks to provide them with the support they need to get back on their feet.
By enhancing support for veterans transitioning to post-military life with the new Canadian Armed Forces Transition Group and helping veterans find work with the new Education and Training benefit, we hope to eliminate some of the stress of this transition.