We will make it easier for veterans to access services, including mental health services.
We will deliver a higher standard of service and care, and ensure that a “one veteran, one standard” approach is upheld.
To restore access to the support that veterans are due, we will re-open the nine Veterans Affairs service offices closed by Stephen Harper, and will fully implement all of the Auditor General’s recommendations on enhancing mental health service delivery to veterans.
We will hire 400 new service delivery staff, doubling the current planned increase. This will include much-needed case managers at Veterans Affairs. We will also immediately hire additional mental health professionals to give veterans the support they need.
Canada must be a world leader in caring for and supporting our veterans, and a Liberal government will budget $20 million to create two new centres of excellence in veterans’ care, including one with a specialization in mental health, PTSD, and related issues for both veterans and first responders.