Veterans Transition Network in Vancouver Receives Federal Funding for Transition Skills Course
Veterans Affairs Canada provides support through the Veterans and Family Well-Being Fund
VANCOUVER, BC, May 25, 2022 /CNW/ – Today, the Honorable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, announced that the Veterans Transition Network (VTN) will receive funding through the National Welfare Fund. -being veterans and their families (VFWF).
The VTN Transition Skills Course, offered across the country, helps veterans transition into life after service and deal with the challenges of COVID-19. Emphasis is placed on skills such as communication with family, emotional regulation, trauma education, symptom management and goal setting. The Transition Skills course uses the same clinical curriculum as the Longtime Veteran Transition Program, but in a modified format to reduce the risks associated with the pandemic.
Minister MacAulay announced that Veterans Affairs Canada will provide $600,000 to the Veterans Transition Network for their Transition Skills course.
This year’s VFWF recipients focus on issues affecting veterans and their families during the post-COVID-19 recovery period, such as homelessness, retraining, employment and health issues, as well as support for equity-seeking groups such as women and LGBTQ2 veterans. This support is made possible through additional investments in the VFWF in the 2021 budget.
Established in 2018, the VFWF provides financial support to private, public and academic organizations working to improve the lives of veterans and their families through innovative projects, initiatives and research.
“We owe it to our veterans to provide them with the support they need, when they need it. Organizations like the Veterans Transition Network make a real difference in the lives of many veterans and I am pleased to support them and their work through the Veterans and Family Well-Being Fund.
The Honorable Laurent MacAulayMinister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defense
“The government of Canada is committed to strengthening support for veterans. The Veterans and Family Well-Being Fund is an excellent example of this commitment. I am so happy that we can support organizations like the Veterans Transition Network who do so much to improve the lives of veterans. »
The Honorable Hedy Fry, MP for Vancouver Center
“We are very grateful for this support from Veterans Affairs Canada which will help us deliver more specialized group counseling programs for Veterans across Canada. This funding represents continued recognition that operational stress injuries like PTSD need clinical support and that veterans do not have to struggle alone. To all veterans, please contact us if you would like to join one of our advisory groups, all are welcome: [email protected].”
Oliver ThorneExecutive Director, Veterans Transition Network
- With new funding announced in Budget 2021, the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund will provide $8 million one year until fiscal year 2023-24. Current projects support veterans during the post-COVID-19 recovery period, including addressing issues of homelessness, retraining, employment, and health, as well as supporting women and LGBTQ2 veterans.
- Since 2018, the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund has donated more than $36 million to help 102 organizations across the country improve the lives of veterans and their families.
- The Veterans Transition Network (VTN) provides mental health services through Canada. Their mission is to ensure that no Canadian veteran suffers in isolation. VTN programs, designed specifically for veterans, are backed by 20 years of research.
SOURCE Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information: Media Relations, Veterans Affairs Canada, 613-992-7468, [email protected]; Erika Lashbrook Knutson, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs, [email protected]