Let Us Reflect and Rejoice for the Holidays

Ottawa, Ontario – December 15, 2014

The Holiday Season is a time to reflect on the year gone by, enjoy the company of our loved ones, and plan for the new year ahead.

As I reflect on 2014, I am reminded of both challenges and successes. While there is much left to be done to ensure Veterans and their families have the benefits and services they need and deserve, I am also encouraged by what was accomplished.

The New Veterans Charter underwent a long-awaited parliamentary review, and it seems more than ever, Veterans issues are top of mind with a renewed focus on improving the lives of our most ill and injured Veterans.

There are many anecdotes of wartime Christmases; some of which I will be sharing with you on social media throughout the Holiday Season. The common thread in all of them is that our servicemen and women held strong and soldiered on in those difficult times, defending our values and freedoms so we would be able to enjoy the holiday traditions we hold so dear today.

As many of us appreciate the comforts of home and the company of loved ones this Holiday Season, it is important to remember members of the Canadian Armed Forces and the RCMP serving both overseas and right here at home, putting our safety and values ahead of their own. Let’s remember that there are some families with empty seats at the dinner table, whose holiday wish would be to bring their loved ones home safely. As we move to a new year, let us recommit to doing all that we can to provide the assistance and benefits our Veterans and their families need and have earned.

On behalf of the entire team at the Office of the Veterans Ombudsman, I wish you all the joys of the Holiday Season. May 2015 bring health and happiness to you and your loved ones.


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