â€œThere shouldnâ€™t be any hesitation when it comes to helping the families of our heroes. Veteransâ€™ families arenâ€™t asking for much â€“ they simply want to be treated with dignity,â€� said Veterans Affairs critic Peter Stoffer (Sackvilleâ€”Eastern Shore).
In light of the sad wave of veteran suicides, the NDP is urging the Conservative government to recognize the important role of families and to give them the resources they need. The Veterans Ombudsman made several recommendations such as educational and counseling services for families and increased access to programs at the Military Family Resources Centre for medically released Canadian Forces members.
â€œThe road to recovery depends on adequate support. The Conservatives need to realize they are making a mistake and provide the necessary resources to support our veterans and their families,â€� added deputy critic Sylvain Chicoine (ChÃ¢teauguay - Saint-Constant).