The Senate Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs is responsible for examining matters relating to Canadian veterans. One of the recurring issues the committee hears about is the difficulty members of the Canadian Armed Forces experience when they re-enter civilian life at the end of their military careers.
The subcommittee focused on a study about how to improve the transition for Canadian Armed Forces members who leave the Forces and return to civilian life.
The subcommittee launched the study in March 2017. It held five meetings and heard testimony from senior military officials.
The report is expected to be presented in the fall of 2017. It will make recommendations aimed at creating a “seamless transition” for Forces members who are re-integrating to civilian life at the end of their military careers.
Senators also heard from organizations that advocate on behalf of former Forces members, including the Canadian Veterans Advocacy, the Royal Canadian Legion and the Canadian Aboriginal Veterans and Serving Members Association.
The subcommittee also continued its study on the services and benefits provided to Canadian Forces members, to veterans, and to members and former members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.