Response from DM: Findings regarding a civilian injured in Afghanistan

20 June 2019

 

Mr Gregory A. Lick
100 Metcalfe St.
Ottawa, ON K1P 5M1

 

Mr. Lick,

This letter serves to acknowledge receipt of your Office's investigative findings pertaining to an injured former Public Service term employee who served in support of Canada's mission in Afghanistan.

Your report represents a considerable amount of work and I thank you for your continued support and recommendation. I am pleased to learn of the significant degree of collaboration between your staff and ADM(HR-Civ) throughout the investigation and I have taken note of the substantial level of effort made by both teams to assist our former employee.

We remain committed to this important issue and accept your recommendation.

To that end, ADM(HR-Civ) is working with our partners in CFINTCOM, CJOC, and the provincial workers' compensation boards, to reach out to those former Linguistic and Cultural Advisors who might require assistance, in order to provide information and resources to those needing support as a result of their deployments to Afghanistan.

Work also continues with the Public Health Agency of Canada, as ADM(HR-Civ) actively participates on interdepartmental working groups on Bill C-211, The development of a federal framework for Post-Traumatic Stress Injuries. ADM(HR-Civ) is also contributing to the development of the Employee Wellness Support Program being Led by Veterans' Affairs and Treasury Board Secretariat.

We share your appreciation for the considerable contribution made by these former employees to CAF operations and will keep your Office apprised of our progress.

 

Sincerely,

 

Jody Thomas
Deputy Minister, National Defence
613-992-4258

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