The Veteran Family Program (VFP), funded by Veterans Affairs Canada, is designed specifically to support the unique needs of medically released CAF members, medically released Veterans and their families.
Veteran Family Program
For Veterans and their families.
When a CAF member makes the transition from active service to Veteran status, their family does too. To ease transition the Veteran Family Program extends the Military Family Services Program to medically-released Veterans and their families.
The Veteran Family Program is meant to support approximately 1,200 CAF members who medically release each year, as well as approximately 700 military spouses and 900 children impacted by their release and transition into the civilian world.
Resources for Veterans and Families
The Goose Bay Military Family Resource Centre:
564 Rivers Rd
5 Wing Goose Bay, NL
709-896-6900 ext. 6060
The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 51:
172 Hamilton River Road
Veteran Family Journal:
The Veteran Family Journal is a resource developed specifically to help ease the transition for medically-releasing Veterans and their families. It is always accessible to you online and in hardcopy at the Goose Bay Military Family Resouce Centre.
See the journal here: Veteran Family Journal
Family Information Line (FIL):
Trained FIL counsellors offer confidential, bilingual information, referral and crisis support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and can help connect serving members, released Veterans and their families to resources. To speak with someone directly for any inquiries about the Veteran Family Program, the FIL can be reached at 1-800-866-4546.
For more information about The Veteran Family Program click below;
Online Learning Resources for Military Families
Cafconnection.ca - The CAF Connection "National Page" is filled with more information and resources for CAF Veterans and Families.
Veteran Family Program
Question and Answers: Understanding the eligibility parameters and how to work with them
Q: Why are there eligibility parameters in the first place?
A: The Veteran Family Program (VFP) is funded through Veteran’s Affairs Canada (VAC), and the eligibility parameters of those able to participate in the program are set through a MoU with VAC and Military Family Services (MFS).
Q: Who is eligible for the VFP?
A: All medically releasing Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members and Veterans medically released on or after 1 April 2018, along with their respective families.
Q: What about the pilot sites?
A: VFP pilot sites will continue to offer the VFP to those that have medically released on or after 1 October 2015 – so as to not change the parameters they have been offering their community. It’s important to know that doesn’t matter if someone had previously accessed the program during the pilot phase– regardless, they are eligible if their release date is on or after 1 October 2015.
Q: How does the “grandfather” clause work?
A: Every MFRC received some VFP funding during the pilot program to serve medically releasing CAF members, medically released Veterans and their families. If someone accessed the VFP at a non-pilot site during the pilot phase, whose eligibility is on or after 1 October 2015, they can continue to access the VFP, being “grandfathered” into the substantive program.
Q: What if someone accessed the VFP during the pilot, and has now moved to my MFRC’s catchment area?
A: If someone was a VFP client during the pilot, they are eligible to continue accessing the substantive program.
Q: Can family members access the VFP through different MFRCs?
A: Absolutely! The medically releasing CAF member and medically released Veteran and their families are able to access the VFP wherever they live – even if it’s in different locations.
Q: What should I do if someone does not fit with the eligibility of the program?
A: Each MFRC may approach this at their discretion, however the VFP Coordinator needs to first connect with this person/family to assess their eligibility. If it turns out they are not eligible for the VFP, the VFP Coordinator can provide a warm handover to community partners and resources, supporting them as they access civilian services. Language to support this could include phrases such as “what I can support you with is…” and “can I connect you with…” etc. This could also include a personal connection to a specific person at the supporting organization.
Also, there may be other services they are eligible within an MFRC. One scenario that occurred during the pilot, was a Veteran’s medical release date was not within the parameters of the program. However, they had a spouse that was a currently serving CAF member – which made them eligible for all MFSP and MFRC services.
Q: Can MFRC clients access the VFP programs?
A: Yes. The VFP has national transition programs it will run, which supports our requirement to VAC to offer consistent program delivery across the country. If a VFP program or resource has been properly advertised to VFP clients and has VFP clients participating but still has open availability – then MFRC clients may participate.
One way to accomplish this is to have an MFRC client “wait list”, and finalize the possibility of MFRC participants closer to the program date.