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Veterans Affairs Canada announces funding to help VETS Canada continue to assist homeless Veterans

Veterans Affairs Canada announces funding to help VETS Canada continue to assist homeless Veterans
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Jul 04, 2019

The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, accompanied by Darren Fisher, MP for Dartmouth – Cole Harbour, announced funding to Veteran Emergency Transition Services Canada (VETS Canada) from the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund.

VETS Canada was awarded $840,000 to support its operations and to continue its A Beacon of Hope program, which provides support for homeless Veterans.

The Government of Canada’s Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund provides grants and contributions annually to select private, public or academic organizations to support research, initiatives and projects that encourage or enhance the well-being of the Veteran community.

Government of Canada delegation commemorates the 75thanniversary of the Battle of the Scheldt

Government of Canada delegation commemorates the 75<sup>th</sup>anniversary of the Battle of the Scheldt
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Sep 06, 2019

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Scheldt a Government of Canada delegation, including Veterans of the Battle of the Scheldt, travelled to Belgium to attend events marking the anniversary. The Allied victory, led by the First Canadian Army, opened the port of Antwerp and secured a crucial supply line for the Allied liberation of Europe.

The Battle of the Scheldt

The Battle of the Scheldt
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Sep 05, 2019

Canada made many important contributions to help the Allies to victory in the Second World War. One of the most important – and most difficult – was the bloody Battle of the Scheldt which raged in Belgium and the Netherlands in the fall of 1944.

Serene View Ranch Psychological Services on Prince Edward Island receives funding to help Veterans and their families

Serene View Ranch Psychological Services on Prince Edward Island receives funding to help Veterans and their families
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Sep 04, 2019

The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, was in Alexandra, Prince Edward Island, visiting one of the 22 organizations that received funding from the 2019 Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund. Serene View Ranch, which opened in 2014, provides evidence-based and trauma-informed mental health and related health services for Veterans and their families. With the funding received from the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund, it will pilot new treatment approaches involving individual Veterans and couples and renovate its premises for group programming.

New Operational Stress Injury (OSI) Satellite Service Site to open in Stratford, Prince Edward Island

New Operational Stress Injury (OSI) Satellite Service Site to open in Stratford, Prince Edward Island
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Sep 04, 2019

The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, joined the Honourable Dennis King, Premier of Prince Edward Island, and Dr. Julie Devlin, Manager of the Operational Stress Injury Clinic, Horizon Health Network to announce the new OSI Satellite Service Site in Prince Edward Island (PEI). OSI Clinics and OSI Satellite Service Sites provide specialized, evidence-based assessment, treatment and support services for operational stress injuries. Staff at these sites are trained in treating a range of mental health conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression and insomnia. Services, such as one-on-one therapy sessions and group sessions, are provided to Veterans, CAF and RCMP members. Veterans Affairs Canada funds New Brunswick’s Horizon Health Network to operate the Fredericton OSI Clinic. This clinic delivers health care services in English and French to eligible individuals in New Brunswick, as well as northern Nova Scotia and PEI. The Prince Edward Island OSI Satellite Service Site is a satellite of the Fredericton OSI Clinic that will address increasing demand for these services in PEI. Based on an agreement between Horizon Health Network and Health PEI, a team of clinicians will operate out of a new space to provide assessment and treatment to clients in need of specialized mental health services.

Four Calgary-based organizations receive funding to help Veterans find housing and employment

Four Calgary-based organizations receive funding to help Veterans find housing and employment
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Aug 27, 2019

The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, announced funding for four Calgary-based organizations who work with Veterans on issues such as transitional housing and employment. The four funding recipients included the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness, the Legacy Place Society, The Mustard Seed, and Prospect Human Service Society. The Government of Canada provides $3 million annually to organizations across Canada through the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund. In 2018 and 2019, a total of 43 organizations have received funding to address Veterans’ issues such as mental health, transitioning from military service to civilian life, Veteran employment and more.

Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation Ceremony in Calgary, Alberta

Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation Ceremony in Calgary, Alberta
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Aug 27, 2019

On 27 August 2019, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, awarded 15 recipients from the Prairies the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation at a ceremony in Calgary, Alberta. The Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation is awarded annually to Canadians who display an exceptional commitment to improving the well-being of Canadian Veterans, as well as promoting remembrance within their communities.

Veterans Affairs Canada announces funding to help two Nova Scotia-based organizations advance Veterans’ mental health

Veterans Affairs Canada announces funding to help two Nova Scotia-based organizations advance Veterans’ mental health
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Aug 13, 2019

On August 13, 2019 the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, announced funding from the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund for the Canadian Women’s Wellness Initiative and the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia. The announcement was held in Dartmouth at the Nova Scotia Hospital. The Canadian Women’s Wellness Initiative received funding to give stress-reduction training to Veterans and their families. It will offer a transcendental meditation program to help Veterans and their families deal with toxic stress, occupational stress and post-traumatic stress. The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia will use its funding to support Landing Strong, a 12-week day-treatment program helping Veterans and their families to address the mental, moral and physical aspects of injury. The funding will also support year-round workshops, Community Connection days and social media education and support initiatives.

Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation ceremony in Hamilton, Ontario

Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation ceremony in Hamilton, Ontario
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Jul 29, 2019

On July 29, 2019, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, presented 33 recipients from the province of Ontario with the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation at a ceremony in Hamilton, Ontario.

The Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation is awarded annually to Canadians who display an exceptional commitment to improving the well-being of Canadian Veterans, as well as promoting remembrance within their communities.

Centre of Excellence on Chronic Pain

Centre of Excellence on Chronic Pain
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Jul 29, 2019

Military members, veterans and their families face unique health challenges due to the nature of military service. Compared to the general Canadian population, veterans experience higher levels of physical and mental health challenges, including higher rates of post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic pain and suicide. Improving health outcomes for veterans requires an in-depth understanding of the health challenges they face, and calls for an innovative approach to supporting military members, veterans and their families, supported by research that focuses on their specific needs. Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) is funding McMaster University to establish the Centre of Excellence on Chronic Pain, given the unique partnership at McMaster University with the Michael DeGroote Pain Clinic. Working closely with veterans, partners and experts in the field, the Centre will help ensure that veterans’ chronic pain realities are reflected in research on chronic pain treatment, and help pilot innovative therapies and enhance treatment options. To support the centre, VAC will provide $18.4 million in funding over five years, starting in 2019–20 with $ 500 k for McMaster University to set up initiate the setup the Centre of excellence and with $4.66 million in funding per year ongoing.

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