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Ottawa,Canada KIA 0P4

JULI I 2010

Mr. GordonJenkins
NationalPresident
NATO VeteransOrganizationof Canada
clo 35 BiscayneCrescent
Ottawa,Ontario
K2E 5R9

DearMr. Jenkins:

Thank you for your letterof congratulations


on my appointmentas
Minister of VeteransAffairs and for expressingyour interestin
ensuringthe full participationof the NATO VeteransOrganization
of Canadain the commemorative andconsultative
activitiesof
VeteransAffairs Canada.Pleaseacceptmy apologyfor this delayed
reply.

I am honouredto carry on the importantwork of the Departmentin


supportof Veteransandtheir families,and interactingwith Canada's
key Veteransgroupswill be essential in meetingthe challenges
ahead.
Throughregularconsultationandcommunication, the Department
hasa long historyof cooperationwith Canada'smajor Veterans
organizations,and I look forwardto maintainingthesecollaborations
and finding new waysto establishrelationships.

I understandthat you recentlyspokewith the Directorof Program


Policy, and he reaffirmedthe Department'scommitmentto Canada's
major Veteransorganizations andthe importanceof a collaborative

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relationshipbetweenVeteransAffairs Canadaandthe NATO Veterans


organizationof Canada.The Departmentlooks forwardto working
with you and engagingyour organization
throughfuture consultations.

In closing,I would like to takethis opportunityto congratulateyou on


the successof your organization. The goalsof the NATO Veterans
Organizationof Canadaclearlyresonatewith Canada'srnodern-day
Veteransas I understandyour membershipcontinuesto grow sincethe
organizationwas establishedin 2007.

Your continuedcommitmentto Canada'sVeteransandensuringtheir


interestsarewell represented
is greatlyappreciated.

Sincerely,

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