Be­come ac­tive again with Sol­dier On

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In 2007 the De­part­ment of Na­tio­nal De­fense and the Ca­na­dian Ar­med Forces joi­ned to­ge­ther to de­ve­lop a pro­gram to help ac­tive mi­li­ta­ry per­son­nel and ve­te­rans who have been phy­si­cal­ly or men­tal­ly ill or in­ju­red to re­gain an ac­tive li­fe­style. More than 2,500 mem­bers have been sup­por­ted by the Sol­dier On pro­gram since it has been es­ta­bli­shed. Sol­dier On or­ga­nizes phy­si­cal ac­ti­vi­ties or spor­ting events, whe­ther at re­gio­nal, na­tio­nal or in­ter­na­tio­nal le­vels. These ac­ti­vi­ties help in­ju­red or sick mem­bers ac­quire new skills, re­gain confi­dence in their abi­li­ties and meet peers who face si­mi­lar chal­lenges. Se­ve­ral mem­bers sta­ted that the pro­gram has gi­ven their lives mea­ning and has al­lo­wed them to go beyond their ex­pec­ted li­mits and to move on to ano­ther stage of the hea­ling pro­cess. In Ba­got­ville, some mi­li­ta­ry per­son­nel trans­fer­red to the JPSU have par­ti­ci­pa­ted in some Sol­dier On ac­ti­vi­ties in recent years, but the pro­gram could be uti­li­zed more of­ten. In ad­di­tion, the Sol­dier On Fund has al­lo­wed CF mem­bers to pur­chase sports equip­ment such as a road bike and a sea­ted ski in some ins­tances. De­tails of up­co­ming ac­ti­vi­ties and month­ly news­let­ters on the bul­le­tin board can be found at the Phy­si­cal Exer­cise Spe­cia­list's of­fice at the Re­crea­tion Cen­ter. For more in­for­ma­tion, see the Care of the Ill and In­ju­red Ser­vices page in the Our Ser­vices sec­tion of the site: www. cfmws. com.

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