Starting in April 2018, the Calgary MFRC is pleased to announce the launch of a new “Veteran Family Program” (VFP). Funded by Veteran’s Affairs Canada, this program is designed to support medically released and releasing veterans and their families in helping them effectively prepare for a successful transition into civilian life. To achieve this, the MFRC will provide enhanced information, referral services and transition-focused core programming.
When a CAF member makes the transition from active service to veteran status, their family does too. The Veteran Family Program is meant to support approximately 1,200 CAF members who medically release each year, as well as approximately 700 military spouses and 900 children impacted by their release and transition into the civilian world.
Research has shown that the transition from military to post-military life can be an especially stressful time. Ensuring uninterrupted access to these services would help to address some of the challenges faced by newly transitioning veterans and their families
This new program will include assistance for all family members on topics including mental health issues, family adjustments during transitioning, outreach as well as information with system navigating.
Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS), through Military Family Services (MFS), and Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) have been working together to identify the challenges and to develop effective programming. CMFRC will also endeavor to assist veterans who may fall outside the program’s parameters with referrals to military and civilian community resources.
For more information, please contact our Veteran Family Program Coordinator, Shelagh Cox at (403) 410-2320 Ext. 3558 or firstname.lastname@example.org.