Military families honoured at third annual Breakfast on the Bridge

first_imgDespite the early hour, soldiers, veterans, and military families packed onto the Peace Bridge for a Saturday morning breakfast.It was the third annual Breakfast on the Bridge, held in support of the Canadian Military Family Resource Centre.Many early birds at the Peace Bridge this morning for Breakfast on the Bridge, in honour of veterans. Def. Minister Sajjan will speak #yyc pic.twitter.com/9NeuEWATxM— 660 NEWS Calgary (@660NEWS) June 17, 2017There are 32 such centres in Canada, which offer a wide range of support to soldiers, veterans, and their extended families.Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan was the keynote speaker for the event, and says these MFRCs are crucial for military families.“What they go through is very unique and very different from other Canadian families, especially when members are absent from their homes for a very long time. They have unique challenges as well.”Sajjan has first-hand knowledge of this, as he is also a veteran.“My wife and daughter got to benefit from them as well. It’s such a fitting event, and it gives our troops the confidence that Canadians have their back.”That last point is most important to Sajjan, who adds that when a soldier’s family has the necessary help at home, they get stronger on the field.“We make sure that our number on capability, which is our members, are looked after and they have the confidence, we know that any new capabilities they might have, the tangible things for example, ships, planes, they’re the ones who have to utilize them and we’ll get the best out of them.”MP @kenthehr and Defence Minister @HarjitSajjan having a chat over breakfast on the Peace Bridge #yyc #MFRC #MillionHours pic.twitter.com/pKDicN161j— 660 NEWS Calgary (@660NEWS) June 17, 2017In the 2017 budget, the federal government announced millions in increased funding for MFRCs. This includes expanding uninterrupted access to veterans and families, and putting $133.9 million over six years to create a new Veteran’s Education and Training Benefit.Sajjan also spoke about a couple of other increased supports to soldiers and their families, such as tax-exempt pay for all members serving internationally and a retroactive pay raise for all troops up to the lieutenant-colonel level.In addition, the Defence Minister was given a traditional white hat, and a photo commemorating the Breakfast on the Bridge.last_img

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