More Ser­vices for Ve­te­rans et fa­mi­ly’s

Le Vortex de Bagotville - - NEWS -

Since April 1, ve­te­rans of the Ca­na­dian Ar­med Forces have be­ne­fi­ted from se­ve­ral new ser­vices and be­ne­fits. These new pro­grams af­fect the areas of edu­ca­tion and trai­ning, fi­nan­cial se­cu­ri­ty and, ul­ti­ma­te­ly, fa­mi­ly ser­vices and their well- being.

In the area of edu­ca­tion and trai­ning of ca­reer reo­rien­ta­tion ser­vices that fa­ci­li­tates the re­cog­ni­tion of prior lear­ning and pre­pa­ra­tion for a new ca­reer. New edu­ca­tion and trai­ning al­lo­wances of up to $ 80,000 are now avai­lable. Fi­nal­ly, re­ha­bi­li­ta­tion and pro­fes­sio­nal as­sis­tance ser­vices for sur­vi­vors and spouses are avai­lable more qui­ck­ly. With re­gard to fi­nan­cial se­cu­ri­ty, Ve­te­rans Af­fairs Ca­na­da ( VAC) has set up an emer­gen­cy fund for ve­te­rans. This ser­vice is in­ten­ded to sup­port ve­te­rans and their fa­mi­lies when an unex­pec­ted si­tua­tion arises that could jeo­par­dize the fa­mi­ly's fi­nan­cial si­tua­tion. Fi­nal­ly, ma­ny changes have been made to VAC pro­grams for fa­mi­lies. Ca­re­gi­ver re­cog­ni­tion al­lo­wances ($ 1,000 per month) will now be paid di­rect­ly to the ca­re­gi­ver. Ve­te­rans re­lea­sed for me­di­cal rea­sons and their fa­mi­lies now have ac­cess to all Mi­li­ta­ry Fa­mi­ly Re­source Cen­ter ( MFRC) ser­vices across the coun­try. A pro­gram spe­ci­fi­cal­ly de­si­gned for the fa­mi­lies of these ve­te­rans is al­so set up to guide those who need it to re­sources adap­ted to each si­tua­tion. As well, a Cen­ter of Ex­cel­lence on Post Trau­ma­tic Stress Di­sor­der and Re­la­ted Men­tal Health Condi­tions will conduct re­search and share know­ledge to sup­port Ve­te­rans and their fa­mi­lies strug­gling with this pro­blem. To com­plete this list of im­pro­ve­ments to these pro­grams, VAC has crea­ted a fund for the well- being of Ve­te­rans and their fa­mi­lies. This fund will fund in­no­va­tive ideas that could have a po­si­tive im­pact on the well­being of Ve­te­rans and their fa­mi­lies. This fund re­ceives grant fun­ding of up to $ 250,000 per year in ad­di­tion to up to $ 1 mil­lion in fun­ding. The va­rious pro­grams of­fe­red by Ve­te­rans Af­fairs Ca­na­da can be ac­ces­sed through its web­site at www. ve­te­rans. gc. ca. VAC al­so has an of­fice at CFB Ba­got­ville.

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