Veteran Family Program

Making the Transition to Civilian Life


Transitional Programs and Resources

The following programs and resources are offered to medically releasing CAF members, medically released Veterans and their families at Military Family Resource Centres (MFRCs) across Canada. Located in 32 MFRCs, Veteran Family Program Coordinators are available to provide information and referral expertise in support of families accessing civilian service providers
Transitional programs / resource Details
Care for Caregivers
  • Provides information about Operational Stress Injuries (OSI), the effect it can have on caregivers, and strategies for coping;
  • Support caregivers that are supporting a loved one with and OSI;
  • An online resource that can be accessed individually.
  • In partnership with Veterans Affairs Canada, Royal Ottawa Health Care Group and the Federal Government.
Families in Transition Sessions (FITS)
  • Delivers both medical release process information and familial transition considerations through a family-centered approach;
  • Facilitated group information sessions.
Living Life to the Full
  • Focuses on improving motivation, thoughts, and behaviours for successful transitions;
  • Facilitated group sessions.
  • Offered in partnership with the Canadian mental health Association.
Mental Health First Aid for Veteran Community
  • Focuses on increasing skills and confidence to engage in conversations about mental health while decreasing stigma and promoting recognition of common mental health problems;
  • Facilitated group sessions;
  • Tailored to the Veteran community and those that support them.
  • Offered in partnership with the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
SISIP financial planning workshops
  • Provides targeted financial information;
  • Specific financial workshop targeted to transitioning and transitioned 3B members.
Shifting Gears
  • Aimed at helping family members see the transition to civilian community as a time of growth and development;
  • Facilitated group sessions.
Veteran Family Journal
  • Tool for navigation your personal transition journey and identifying your needs;
  • Includes various tools and worksheets, as well as extended family care plans.
To help you start the process, we’ve assembled some key documents that will be useful to you and your family throughout your transition.
Veteran Family Journal
The Veteran Family Journal is a tool designed to assist the medically releasing CAF members, medically released Veterans and their families make a successful transition from military life to civilian life.  The Journal is unique to each family because it is a source of information as well as a place to keep personal notes, contact information and reference materials you can rely on as you transition from CAF member to Veteran status.
Forms Checklists Guides
Personal Information Medical Release Checklist  Family Guide to the Military Experience
Service Providers Your Pension Roadmap Caring for Your Own
Home Services   The Guide
Important Information   Veteran Family Journal
Medication Log   Veteran Family Program Lexicon
Family Care Plan    
Caregiver Identification    
You may print these PDFs, make copies and/or share them as needed with your healthcare professionals, caregivers or others who support you.
Depending on your unique situation, you may need to consult one or more of the following categories to best meet your needs:

MEDICALLY RELEASING CAF MEMBER AND FAMILY Information, resources and services relevant to you both pre and post release.
MEDICALLY RELEASED VETERAN AND FAMILY Your connection to Veterans Affairs Canada and other valuable resources.
FAMILIES / VETERANS Information and resources categorized for children and youth, adults and/or Veterans.
CAREGIVERS Support for your emotional and physical health when care demands exceed your own resources.