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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.

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.

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.

Unveiling of the 2019 Veterans’ Week poster

Unveiling of the 2019 Veterans’ Week poster
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Jul 27, 2019

This year Canada is observing the 75th anniversary of the Second World War’s Italian Campaign. It was one of our country’s most important contributions to the Allied war effort; more than 93,000 Canadians served in Italy from the summer of 1943 to early 1945. In honour of this anniversary, a special commemorative poster was created featuring Lieutenant (Retired) Maxine Llewelyn Bredt. She was a Nursing Sister in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps who helped treat the sick and wounded during the Italian Campaign. A recent picture of Ms. Bredt in her former uniform is superimposed on an historical photo showing soldiers of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry in the Sicilian town of Agira after capturing it in July 1943. Ms Evelyn Kelly, President of the Nursing Sisters Association, will speak about the exploits of the Nursing sisters during the Second World War. Minister MacAulay had the opportunity to join Parks Canada representatives and other guest at the 2019 Veterans’ Week poster launch, which took place at the site of HMCS Haida, in Hamilton, Ontario.

Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation ceremony in Montreal, Quebec

Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation ceremony in Montreal, Quebec
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Jul 22, 2019

On 22 July 2019, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, presented nine recipients from Quebec the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation at a ceremony in Montreal. The Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation is awarded annually to individuals who display an exceptional commitment to improve the well-being of Canada’s Veterans and promote remembrance within their communities.

Veterans Affairs Canada announces funding for the Respect Campaign and the Old Brewery Mission in Montreal

Veterans Affairs Canada announces funding for the Respect Campaign and the Old Brewery Mission in Montreal
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Jul 22, 2019

The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, accompanied by Stephane Lauzon, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, announced funding for the Respect Campaign and the Old Brewery mission in Montreal, Quebec, as part of the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund.

The announcement was held at the Old Brewery Mission. Funding will go towards Les Sentinelles, which helps homeless Veterans find housing and support them in accessing necessary services. The Respect Campaign, also based in Montreal, will use its Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund funding to host the Respect Forum, a national networking initiative to promote collaborative approaches to service delivery for Veterans, first responders, and their families.

Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation ceremony in Vancouver

Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation ceremony in Vancouver
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Jul 16, 2019

The Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation is presented annually to Canadians who display an outstanding commitment to bettering the well-being of Veterans and promoting commemoration and remembrance within their communities. On July 16, 2019 the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence presented 11 Canadians from British Columbia with commendations in a ceremony in Surrey, British Columbia.

Veterans Affairs Canada announces funding for the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) as well as for Queen’s University

Veterans Affairs Canada announces funding for the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) as well as for Queen’s University
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Jul 10, 2019

Minister MacAulay announced funding in the amount of $25 million, over 10 years, for the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) on July 10, 2019. Research done by CIMVHR is used by departmental decision and policy makers, program planners, health managers, clinicians and various stakeholders as they support the physical, mental and social health of Veterans and their families.

Minister MacAulay also recognized the work that Queen’s University staff have done toward changing the Servicewomen’s Salute website into the Servicewomen’s Salute Online Portal for Research and Resources. Queen’s will receive a total of $210,000 over 5 years from VAC via the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund, $42,000 a year from 2018-2023.

The announcement was held at Queen’s University - Mitchell Hall. Yvonne Cooper, Executive Director, Canadian Institute of Military and Veteran Health Research was MC for the event which was attended by local Veterans’ organizations, stakeholders, Queen’s University and CIMVHR staff, as well as CAF representatives.

Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation ceremony in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation ceremony in Halifax, Nova Scotia
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Jul 04, 2019

On July 4, 2019, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, presented 10 recipients from Atlantic Canada the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation at a ceremony in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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 for Shaping Purpose

Veterans Affairs Canada announces funding for Shaping Purpose
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Jul 03, 2019

On July 3, 2019 the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, accompanied by Alaina Lockhart, Member of Parliament for Fundy Royal, and Wayne Long, Member of Parliament for Saint John – Rothesay, announced funding for the Shaping Purpose Pan-Canadian Transitioning Veteran and Domestic Partner Study. Shaping Purpose was awarded $750,000 over five years in funding from the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund as part of the 2018-19 application process.

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