Stakeholder Engagement Highlights Dartmouth, NS
On May 28, 2018, the Veterans Ombudsman held a stakeholder meeting in Dartmouth, NS. Representatives from groups and organizations supporting Veterans and their families in various ways in the Dartmouth area attended the event.
- Very sporadic – VAC is taking up to six months to get back to Veterans who have submitted a request, and some hearing loss claims are taking over a year.
- Turnaround times for disability awards are too long with several Veterans noting wait times of over 60 weeks.
- Complicates transition when Veteran does not have a case worker or family doctor.
- Maybe need a coordinating unit within MFRCs to help Veterans find family physicians.
- VAC lacks the coordination needed to effectively resolving Veterans’ issues.
- Pension For Life – no concrete numbers, short of dollars, short on days; more confusion.
OSI Clinics and MFRCs
- Opinion voiced that OSI clinics are not working well enough.
- MFRC numbers are lower than expected – it’s not clear to Veterans where it fits into their transition.
- Demand has now reached one request for a dog a day.
- We can find wheel chairs for Veterans who need them, but we can’t find Veterans’ service dogs
Veteran’s ID Card
- Consensus on the need for a Veterans ID Card as soon as possible.
- Royal Canadian Legion
- Military Family Resource Centre(Halifax/Shearwater, NS)
- Operational Stress Injury Social Support (Halifax, NS)
- Integrated Personnel Support Centres (Halifax, NS)
- Paws Fur Thought
- The Royal United Services Institute of Nova Scotia
- Family Physician
- Assessment-Treatment Services, Whelan Psychological Services Inc.
- RCMP Veterans Association
- Veterans Ombudsman's Advisory Council Member
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