U.S. and Canada Forging Partnership to Address Veterans’ Issues of Both Nations

Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Dr. David J. Shulkin, and Canada’s Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Kent Hehr, joined officials from both nations June 27-28 at VA headquarters to discuss how strategic partnerships can help improve benefits and services for Veterans and their families.

“Expanding partnerships — even beyond our geographic boundaries — will allow us to improve our services to our Veterans and their families,” Secretary Shulkin said. “Additionally, this new partnership with a key ally will allow us to share best practices in the areas of health care, benefits and other important support programs.”

The two-day U.S.-Canadian VA meeting focused on issues affecting Veterans from both nations, such as easing service members’ transition to civilian life, preventing homelessness among the Veteran community and mental-health support.

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