When a Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) member makes the transition from active service to Veteran status so does their family. Releasing from the CAF can be challenging, but even more so when the release is the result of a medical condition.
The Veteran Family Program
The Veteran Family Program (VFP), funded by Veterans Affairs Canada, is designed specifically to support the unique needs of medically releasing CAF members, medically released Veterans, released as of April 1, 2018, and their families. You can access these resources through the CAFconnection.ca, Family Information Line or contact the Veteran Family Program Coordinator at 204-833-2500 ext 4507 who works at the Winnipeg Military Family Resource Centre.
RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES
Many resources are available to help access important information and services before, during and after being released from the CAF.
In person: Visit your MFRC
MFRCs provide support to all Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans and their families. Veteran Family Program Coordinators will provide support services to medically-released Veterans and their families.
The services include:
We are located at 102 Comet Street, Winnipeg and you can reach our Veteran Family Program Coordinator at 204-833-2500 ext 4507
- Enhanced information and referrals services;
- Transition programs; and
- Access to intervention support.
By phone: Contact the 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.
Online: Visit cafconnection.ca
A national family information portal ensures RealTime access to resources anywhere, any time for military and Veteran families. The CAFconnection.ca website provides a single point of entry to each MFRC and facilitates access to information on national programs and local community services. For a complete list of programs and services available to medically-released Veteran, and their families and to access The Veteran Family Journal, visit https://www.cafconnection.ca/vfp
The Veteran Family Journal
The journal is a resource developed specifically to help ease the transition for medically-released Veterans and their families. It is accessible in hard copy at the MFRC, through the Family Information Line or online at cafconnection.ca. It contains a comprehensive list of all the services and programs available for medically-released Veterans and their families and how to access them. More information on the journal contents can be found here.