The members of the official opposition are still involved in a ceremony for the outgoing acting leader of the NDP and they'll be here at some point shortly.
Given that we have four witnesses to hear from....
Oh, here they come. That's good.
I was just trying to stall here while you guys were coming.
We're ready to go.
I'd like to also point out that next Tuesday, after the RCMP do their presentation and we have the questions, we're going to take some time in the day to deal with some committee business. Please make note of that. It will come out in the notice as well.
There will be no meeting on the 5th because Thursday becomes Friday and there's no committee time available on Thursday. Those are in the House orders.
I'm delighted to continue with our study on the front-line health and well-being services for Canadian veterans.
I'm very pleased to have witnesses with us all the way from Washington.
You don't look that far away, folks. It's good to see you. Thank you very much for joining us from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
If you don't mind, I'm just going to read the names and titles.
First I have Margarita Cocker, deputy director, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service, Veterans Benefits Administration.
We have Michael Fisher, program analyst, Readjustment Counseling Service, at the Vet Center.
We have Cheryl Flohr, acting deputy director, pre-discharge and retired pay programs, Veterans Benefits Administration.
And we have Joel Scholten, associate chief of staff, rehabilitation services, Washington D.C. Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Thank you all for joining us. I know it took a little time to get it hooked up here, but we appreciate you taking the time today.
I understand that each of you has a separate presentation.
I know you've been talking to our clerk, who had indicated to you that we like to keep that within the 10-minute parameter if we can, and then we go to committee members for questions.
Since we're starting just a few minutes late, we're going to move right into that.
Whichever one of you wants to go first can, or did you have another sense of order?