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PROGRAMME POUR LES FAMILLES DES VÉTÉRANS (PFV)
The VFP emerged as a pilot project in seven Military Family Resource Centres (MFRC), in November 2015. Following the success of this pilot, Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) finally announced, in March 2018, the implementation of the Veteran Family Program (VFP).
Funded by VAC, this program is in line with the will to recognize the role played by military families to help family members who work or have worked within the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF):
Medically released veterans and their families will have unlimited access to the 32 Military Family Resource Centres across Canada.
“Families are an integral part of Veterans’ well-being, and this is why we are enhancing and expanding programs and services that focus on, not only the Veterans but their family, too.
As of April 1, 2018, Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Veterans who are medically released and their families who are in need of assistance will have access to the Veteran Family Program. The Military Family Resource Centres (MFRC) are a hub for military communities and including Veterans in their programming is a natural extension to the MRFCs’ suite of services.”
Source: Veterans Affairs Canada (March 15, 2018). “Minister O’Regan announces expanded access to the Veteran Family Program.” Click here to read the news release.
To ease access to the VFP, permanent Veteran Family Program Coordinators positions have been created in all Canadian MFRCs.
Nationwide, the investment of Veterans Affairs Canada is a six-year commitment of $147 million to veterans and their families.
Who is eligible to VFP?
Frequently Asked Questions
Family members of a medically released member of the Canadian Armed Forces or a medically released veteran.
What is the purpose of the VFP?
- Medically released members of the Canadian Armed Forces.
- Medically released veterans.
The Veteran Family Program (VFP) is designed to support medically released military members and veterans as well as their families throughout their transition from military to civilian life by promoting their health and well-being.
How can I access the VFP?
Here, at Bagotville MFRC. All you need is to appear in person or to call us. Our Veteran Family Program Coordinator will then ensure a follow-up with you.
If you are not located near Bagotville MFRC, you can access the program this way:
Who will be my point of contact at the MFRC?
Our Veteran Family Program Coordinator! This resource is a member of a professional order and offers support in strict confidentiality.
What is the mission of Bagotville MFRC’s Veteran Family Program Coordinator?
Since the needs of each family are unique, the Veteran Family Program (VFP) Coordinator’s mission is to help you determine the needs of your family, and then to refer you to transition programs and services within the community.
The Coordinator can help you find the most suitable programs and services for the needs you may have:
- Information about local community groups.
- Participation in transition programs.
- Referrals to external resources or support in the form of intervention.
- Attendance at workshops that are tailor-made by VAC partners.
In short, the Coordinator’s role is to ease the transition from military to civilian life for medically released military members and their families.
Individual support is thus available before, throughout, and after the CAF release process.
Is there a deadline for my family and me to have access to a Military Family Resource Centre?
There is no deadline for medically released veterans and their families. You can ask for assistance and seek advice from your MFRC at any time.
Are reservists and their families eligible to the Veteran Family Program (VFP)?
They are eligible for the program if the reservist is medically releasing or was released on.
If a medically released veteran using programs and services of the VFP dies, is it possible for his or her family to continue to have access to the VFP?
Yes, because the CAF recognize the sacrifices made by military families. The MFRC will continue to support families, according to their will.