Become active again with Soldier On
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.