Stakeholder Engagement Highlights Winnipeg, MB
On March 20, 2017, the Veterans Ombudsman held a stakeholder meeting in Winnipeg, MB. Representatives from various groups and organizations that support Veterans and their families in the Winnipeg area attended the event.
- The complexity of VAC's benefits and application process and the resultant added stress on Veterans and their families, both during and post-transition, was noted by several participants.
- This is compounded by the challenge of getting Veterans’ service records quickly.
- Turnaround times for disability awards are too long with several Veterans noting wait times of over 60 weeks.
- It was suggested that VAC hold seminars for transitioning members on how to apply for Public Service Priority Hiring.
- Concerns were raised regarding the lack of notice for the Invictus Games’ Job Fair.
Veteran’s ID Card
- All in attendance wondered why there is not yet a Veteran's ID card given all the publicity on this topic.
- Canadian Armed Forces representatives
- Integrated Personnel Support Centres (IPSC)
- Operational Stress Injury Social Support (OSISS) Winnipeg Peer Support
- Winnipeg Family Peer Support
- RCMP Veterans Association
- ANAVETS Association, Manitoba
- Royal Canadian Legion Manitoba and North Eastern Ontario
- Mayor of Winnipeg representative
- VOAC Member
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