Veteran Family Program Thinkstock Share: Veteran Family Program The Shilo Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) in partnership with Veterans Affairs Canada and Military Family Services is proud to offer the Veteran Family Program (VFP). The VFP is a national program that supports medically releasing Canadian Armed Forces members, medically released Veterans, and their families. The services and resources of the VFP are designed to help ease the transition from military to civilian life and support the health and wellbeing of families during this time. To achieve this, the VFP provides enhanced information and referral services and transition-focused core programming. These specific transition programs, resources, and services, fall into five categories: • Mental Health • Family Transition • Early Engagement and outreach • Information and system navigation • And Family Support Transition core programming includes: • Living Life to the Full • Mental Health First Aid for Veteran Community • Shifting Gears • Family in Transition Sessions (FITS) • Care of the Caregiver • Financial Workshops with SISIP Additionally, to support some gaps in service, the VFP extends access to the Military Family Services Program (MFSP) to individuals medically released from service along with their family members to ensure that supports are in place and available to support their transition from military to civilian life. We understand family members vary from person to person and want to be inclusive of whomever the member of Veteran defines as their family. Examples of family members include (but may not be limited to) parents, spouse/common law partner, children up to and including those 18 years of age (including step-children), and/ or other dependent relative(s) of the medically released personnel. They are available to the member and their family including spouses/partners, children, parents, and any other dependant relatives. Further, these services are accessible at all 32 Military Family Resource Centre’s across Canada, as well as through the Family Information Line (FIL) (1-800-866-4546). For more information contact the Shilo Veteran Family Program Coordinator (VFPC), Pamela Hall, at 204-765-3000 ext. 4557 or email@example.com Watch a short video on the VFP program. Meet the VFP Coordinator Who is your Veteran Family Program Coordinator (VFPC)? Pamela grew up in a military family, with her father having 37 years of service in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), and her mother working as a civilian for the Department of National Defence (DND). She has experience as a military child and partner, and has lived the military family lifestyle including: deployments, postings, and various transitions. She studied her undergraduate degree in Behavioural Psychology, and completed her honours thesis on coping strategy use in Canadian Veterans with a diagnosis of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), with Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC). She is currently studying her masters in Counselling Psychology with the University of Calgary. She also holds a certificate in workshop facilitation from the University of Winnipeg, and is a Mental Health First Aid Canada instructor. Pamela is here to provide your VFP services including: information and referral, transition programming, and enhanced support services. For more information, contact Pamela Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org or 204-765-3000 ext. 4557.