Kent Hehr says Liberals will move quickly to help veterans
Study said 2,250 former soldiers use shelters on a regular basis
Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr says the Liberals will move quickly to solve problems facing former Canadian Forces members.
- At least 2,250 veterans are homeless, according to groundbreaking analysis
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Speaking in Calgary, Hehr said, "It's fair to say that the former government struggled on the veterans affairs file."
He added that he has an "aggressive mandate" from the prime minister to do better.
Hehr said everything is on the table, from finding jobs to homelessness.
The government recently released a report that estimated how many of Canada's homeless are former soldiers.
The study by Employment and Social Development Canada said 2,250 former soldiers use shelters on a regular basis.
Hehr said the government's first steps include reopening regional veterans affairs offices and hiring more staff.