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For Veterans

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Veteran Family Program (VFP)

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.

As part of this program, all medically released veterans and their families have access to all services and activities offered by the Valcartier Family Center. The purpose of this program is to facilitate the transition to civilian life for medically released members and their families.

This program began in October 2015 as a pilot project that was conducted by 7 MFRCs in Canada, including the Valcartier Family Center. As of April 2018, the Veteran Family Program became available through all MFRCs in Canada. 

The VFP can be accessed across Canada through:
  • One of the 32 Military Family Resource Centres;
  • Family Information Line (24/7 at 1-800-866-4546); 
  • Website www.CAFconnection.ca .

Frequently Asked Questions

Individual Counselling 

Veteran Family Program Coordinators and MFRC staff understand the situations your family may face prior to, during and after release. They’ll help you make the transition to post-service life by offering programs and services while helping you navigate through the many resources in the civilian community.

Get in touch with one of the Veteran Family Program Coordinators at the Valcartier Family Centre to learn more about the services available, including:

  • Welcoming, listening, and needs assessment;
  • Information and referral to the appropriate military and community resources;
  • Intervention support and linkage with the various caseworkers involved when necessary.

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Other services offered at the Valcartier MFRC

You have access to all regular services offered by the Valcartier Family Center following a medical release:

  1. Employment Assistance : Support for your transition to a civilian career: Job search support, building a résumé and a cover letter, preparing for a job interview, and job search strategies.
  2. Education and Training : Vocational guidance counselling to take stock of your career and identify a project for the next step of your professional life, interests and skills assessment, support with your plan to pursue your studies, psychometric testing if needed. Second language training available.
  3. Mental Health : Prevention and intervention services given by social workers offering individual, couple, or family sessions for a short-term period. Personnel aware of the reality of military and veteran families.
  4. Social Groups : Opportunity to get involved as a volunteer, to take part in many different activities, and to meet with other families of our community. 
  5. Parenting : Possibility to join our parent-child activities, to meet with other parents, to talk to a counsellor, and to learn about the different resources of our community. 
  6. Children and Teens : Childcare services, activities and workshops for children and teenagers, possibility to talk to a youth counsellor and to learn about the different resources of our community, opportunity to get involved as a teen volunteer. 

Documentation 

  1. Checklist Employment Transition
  2. Job Hunting: Practical Guide 
  3. Transitions Guide
  4. Health Guide
  5. Veteran Family Journal
  6. Signs of Operational Stress Injury (OSI) and the Family
  7. Leo and Lily don’t understand what is wrong with their dad!

For more information about the program or if you have any question, contact one of the Veteran Family Program Coordinators of the Valcartier Family Centre at 418 844-6060.