Hurricane Fiona has had a significant impact on folks across Atlantic Canada and parts of Quebec. Homes have been damaged, are without power and some are still isolated due to road blockages. Our hearts go out to all those who have been impacted by the storm. It is our hope that things begin to improve quickly.
We know that many Veterans were impacted by this. We are reaching out to vulnerable Veterans in the affected areas to ensure that they are safe and check if they need any assistance. While Veterans Affairs Canada offices and personnel have been greatly affected in the Atlantic provinces, our incredible staff are working remotely to ensure all Veterans continue to receive the support they need.
Veterans and their families can call us toll free at 1-866-522-2122 to discuss how VAC can be of help. During natural disasters, distress and urgent circumstances, Veterans may be able to access the Veteran Emergency Fund. For more information, call us at the number above.
If any Veterans or family members are having difficulty coping with the ongoing situation, they can also call the VAC Assistance Service at 1-800-268-7708 (TDD/TYY: 1-800-567-5803) to speak to a mental health professional. This service is free, confidential and available 24/7.
There are difficult days ahead but Canadians are tough and we will get through this together. We hope all Veterans, their families, stakeholders, and Canadians take care and stay safe.
Minister of Veterans Affairs
and Associate Minister of National Defence