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Veterans Affairs  Mr. Speaker, the health and wellness of veterans and their families is at the core of what we do. I am proud of the fact that committee members looked at all of these issues, because they, too, are committed to the health and wellness of veterans. I can tell the member that I ha

June 20th, 2017House debate

Kent HehrLiberal

Veterans Affairs  Mr. Speaker, our government takes seriously the issues men and women face from their military service. In fact, our doors are open for any member of the Canadian Armed Forces who is now a veteran and who needs needs services and can tie their injury to their service. We encourag

June 9th, 2017House debate

Kent HehrLiberal

Veterans Affairs  Mr. Speaker, Veterans Affairs works hard each and every day to provide veterans and their families with the care and support they need when and where they need it. Regardless of whether veterans need help from any time they have served our country, whether abroad or here at home

June 8th, 2017House debate

Kent HehrLiberal

Veterans Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank my hon. colleague from Surrey Centre for his passion and advocacy for veterans and their families. Next week is a big week for Veterans Affairs as we will be reopening the last of the nine offices closed by the former government. We will be open

May 18th, 2017House debate

Kent HehrLiberal

Veterans Affairs  Mr. Speaker, we are committed to veterans and their families in delivering the services they need where and when they need them. We have been showing that commitment since day one of our election by improving financial benefits and by improving access to services. In fact, we fol

May 18th, 2017House debate

Kent HehrLiberal

Questions on the Order Paper  Mr. Speaker, with regard to (a), six Veterans Affairs Canada staff oversee and administer the critical injury benefit program. Three full-time equivalent, FTE, employees oversee disability benefits and program management in the critical injury benefit program: a national program

May 5th, 2017House debate

Kent HehrLiberal

Veterans Affairs  Mr. Speaker, at Vimy Ridge, I thought of the brave Canadians who fought to defend our freedom; those soldiers had partners, parents, and siblings. It is true that when members serve, their entire family serves along with them. The families are the strength behind the uniform. In

May 4th, 2017House debate

Kent HehrLiberal

Veterans Affairs  Mr. Speaker, as the member is well aware, we are committed to a pension-for-life option for our veterans. We made that announcement this year, and those details will be forthcoming. Further to that point, we have augmented and strengthened financial security for our veterans. In

May 4th, 2017House debate

Kent HehrLiberal

Veterans Well-being Act  moved for leave to introduce Bill C-42, An Act to amend the Canadian Forces Members and Veterans Re-establishment and Compensation Act, the Pension Act and the Department of Veterans Affairs Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts. (Motions deemed adopted, bill r

March 24th, 2017House debate

Kent HehrLiberal

Veterans Affairs  Mr. Speaker, budget 2017 focuses on the overall well-being of veterans and their families by investing in mental health supports, educational opportunities, and career transition services. I can say we remain committed to a pension-for-life option, and this too will better serve

March 24th, 2017House debate

Kent HehrLiberal

Veterans Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for his commitment to veterans across Canada. We are committed to finding veterans more work in both the public sector as well as the private sector. Since the passing of the Veterans Hiring Act in 2014, we have brought on board a mandate, throug

March 21st, 2017House debate

Kent HehrLiberal

Veterans Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for his advocacy on behalf of veterans and their families and his constituents. I know this is an extremely difficult situation. Any time Veterans Affairs is notified of an untimely or unexpected death we undertake a review of that file, and this w

February 24th, 2017House debate

Kent HehrLiberal

Veterans  Mr. Speaker, our thoughts are with the family and friends and those impacted by this tragedy. It is deeply saddening to hear of anyone taking his or her own life. When it comes to suicide prevention, we always need to do better. Our government is committed to expanding access t

February 15th, 2017House debate

Kent HehrLiberal

Veterans Affairs  Mr. Speaker, that is why the Minister of National Defence and I are working very hard on closing the seam to ensure we professionalize the release process and ensure that when our men and women in uniform are leaving the service they get the help they need where and when they nee

February 9th, 2017House debate

Kent HehrLiberal

Veterans Affairs  Mr. Speaker, the well-being of veterans and their families is at the heart of all we do at Veterans Affairs. Delivering timely benefits is an area where we can and must do better. In 2015-16, we saw a 19% increase in the number of disability benefit claims. This is a good thing.

February 9th, 2017House debate

Kent HehrLiberal