Highlights this week…1. We have heard from the Ministers office at least three times last week and have received much cooperation regarding some legal questions we had for them. Our questions were answered fully when the Ministers office asked our lawyer to call their lawyer and then our lawyer called us with the answers. I guess getting permission from VRAB to have the Minister review a Veterans file DOES NOT happen very often, if ever and so much needed to be discussed and clarified so that Steven’s rights were being protected. 2. Greg Kerr called us at home on Thursday night and I talked with him for about 30 minutes. He assured Steven and I that the Ministers office is working very hard to make a thorough review of Steven’s very thick file and that he has been personally involved in finding a solution to our situation. 3. MEDIA coverage has been outstanding again this week in addition to the many Veterans Blogs and websites below. We need to keep Veterans issues front and centre because any win for any Veteran is a win for us all. http://www.macleans.ca/article.jsp?content=n6221160 http://www.thechronicleherald.ca/NovaScotia/1232438.html Veterans Ombudsman 4. Greg Kerr will be at his Wilmot, Nova Scotia office (where I am doing my sit in) on Monday, March 14 from 9am to 1pm. If you would like to phone him, the office number is 902-825-2320 or perhaps you could send him an email at KerrG1@parl.gc.ca Remember Mr. Kerr is the Parliamentary Secretary for Veterans Affairs and holds the second most powerful position in the Department. This could be a great opportunity to tell him your own personal story or to let him know what you think about Veterans issues. If you are local and would like to drop in, both Mr. Kerr and I will be there.
Blackburn, Jean Pierre, Minister Veterans Affairs Office: 613-947-2744 firstname.lastname@example.org Blais, Mike, Canadian Veterans Advocacy Home: 905-357-3306
email@example.com Dornan, Steven and Rosanne Home: 902-765-6541 firstname.lastname@example.org Downe, Senator Percy, Charlottetown, PEI Ottawa: 613-943-8107 Toll Free: 1-800-267-7362 www.sen.parl.gc.ca/pdowne Duncan, Kirsty, Liberal Veterans Affairs Critic/Chris Office: 613-995-4702 email@example.com Kerr, Greg, MP/Parliamentary Secretary for Veterans Affairs/Angela Office: 902-825-2320 Ottawa: 613-995-5711 KerrG1@parl.gc.ca Larlee, John, Chair, Veteran Review and Appeal Board Telephone : 902-566-8796
John.Larlee@vac-acc.gc.ca LeBlanc, Arnold, Regional Assistant, Greg Kerr Nova Office: 902-742-6808 Toll Free: 1-866-280-5302 firstname.lastname@example.org Manuge, Dennis & Tracy (902) 889-3230 email@example.com Parent, Guy, Veterans Ombudsman Phone: 613-943-3027 Toll Free: 1-877-330-4343 firstname.lastname@example.org Stoffer, Peter, NDP Veterans Affairs Critic/Holly Ottawa: 613-995-5822 Local: 902-861-2311 Toll Free 1-888-701-5557 StoffP0@parl.gc.ca email@example.com Tinning, Susan, Deputy Minister, VAC/Valerie Ottawa: 613-996-6881 PEI Office: 902-566-8666 Home: 902-626-3703 Veterans Affairs Canada 1-866-522-2122 (English)
1-866-522-2022 (French) http://www.veterans.gc.ca/ 1-877-330-4343 firstname.lastname@example.org Veteran Review and Appeal Board 1(800)450-8006 (English) 1(877)368-0859 (French)