Letter to CDS: Update on recommendations in military families report

15 August 2014

General Tom Lawson
Chief of the Defence Staff
Major-General George R. Pearkes Building
101 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0K2


Dear General Lawson:

Please find enclosed a copy of our report entitled Boards of Inquiry: Families in Focus.

In February, my predecessor previously sent you a larger version of this report. The attached report is less complex, more streamlined and focussed on practical recommendations to better meet the previously stated CAF intent of being more inclusive of families impacted by the Board of Inquiry process.

The overall substance of the report has not changed. It merely avoids unnecessary minutiae and bureaucratic language to make it more accessible to all audiences.

Although your office provided extensive feedback on the previous version of the report, I would like to give you an opportunity to respond to this updated report. I would point out that my report does take note of the CAF actions already underway to address some of the concerns raised.

I intend to send the report to the Minister’s Office on September 2nd. Public release of the report would not occur prior to October 7th. I would welcome the opportunity to include your written response in the final public version of the report itself.

I look forward to receiving your response to our recommendations.


Gary Walbourne

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