Veteran Family Program

Medically releasing from the military is a big change for you and your family. A Veteran Family Program coordinator can help you identify your family’s needs and help you plan a successful transition.

About this program

The Veteran Family Program offers medically-releasing CAF members and their families continued access to the Military Family Resource Centres and to a suite of transition-support programs and services, which include:

  • group sessions on transition topics,
  • mental health first aid course, and
  • financial planning workshops.

When it comes to transition, every path is different. The first step is choosing a direction. To help with that, the program coordinator will help you develop your family’s "care plan". This plan will identify the right programs and services for your needs such as local resources, transition programs, referrals or intervention support.


Do you qualify?

You and your family qualify if you are:

  • a medically-releasing CAF member

    or
  • a medically-released Veteran.

How to apply

There is no application form for the Veteran Family Program.

Just visit your local Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) and ask for the Veteran Family Program Coordinator. You and your family can walk in any time. You don’t need an appointment.

Find your MFRC

The staff at any VAC office or CAF Transition Centre can assist you, or call us at 1-866-522-2122.


Additional information

Find out more

To help build your family care plan, the Veteran Family Journal is available online.

Visit cafconnection.ca to learn more about all of the courses available through the Veteran Family Program including SISIP Financial sessions, the OSI resource for caregivers, mental health first aid, and the “Living Life to the Full” sessions.

Watch this video for a quick overview of the Veteran Family Program.


Related programs

Family Information Line - The 24/7 Family Information Line is a confidential, bilingual service provided by the Canadian Armed Forces that offers information, support, referrals and crisis management. Trained counsellors can help you and your family with a variety of national and local services and provide guidance and resources to various service providers who support the military community. Call 1-800-866-4546 or email: FIL@CAFconnection.ca.

Transition interview – Schedule a transition interview to learn about VAC programs and services you may need in your post-service life.


Frequently asked questions

What are Military Family Resource Centres?

Located on Canadian Armed Forces Bases and Wings, local Military Family Resource Centres (MFRCs) are the hub of military communities. MFRCs promote and facilitate community-based services and programs to enhance the well-being of military families.

Services include:

  • transition programs,
  • referral services,
  • healthy living programs, and
  • advocacy.

Is there a time limit to access the Veteran Family Program?

There is no time limit for Veterans who medically-released and their families.

View all questions and answers related to the Veteran Family Program.

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