Thank you to everyone that participated in the Disability Benefits Application Process consultation. We have received great feedback on how to improve the application process.
Now, we are reviewing the information you provided. We expect to have recommendations for improvements developed this summer, and will publish them on the Let’s Talk Veterans page when completed.
We hope that you enjoy your summer and look forward to additional opportunities to consult with you in the future.
Thinking of going back to school after your military career? Consider the Education and Training Benefit
The Education and Training Benefit can be a part of your successful transition to life after service. It provides financial support to achieve your education and training goals. This is a great way to round out the skills you developed during your service with the Canadian Armed Forces.
You can use this benefit for:
• a full-length program toward a diploma, degree, or certificate
• training that leads to a certification or designation
• short courses for career and personal development.
The Education and Training Benefit is taxable, and once you’ve finished your education or training, you can apply for a $1,000 completion bonus.
Apps for our mobile smart devices help us connect with loved ones for support and information, and even support mental health. They can connect us easily to evidence-based information and guidance that can help us take care of our mental health.
Here are some mental health-focused apps and websites specifically designed for Veterans:
LifeSpeak: a self-help website with videos and information about mental health, nutrition and other issues that matter to you.
Wellness Together Canada: COVID-19 continues to affect and challenge Canadians in a number of ways. Whatever you’re going through, Wellness Together Canada is available to provide mental health and substance use support with a range of resources. It also has tools to help you track your progress.
OSI Connect: a mental health learning and self-management app developed to help operational stress injury (OSI) patients and their families understand the nature of operational stress injuries and to provide help through the OSI Clinic Network across Canada.
HighRes: Developed by Australia’s Department of Veterans’ Affairs, the HighRes app can help still-serving members, Veterans and their families build their resilience and mental fitness. The app contains easy-to-use tools to help set goals and practice skills.
Veteran success story
Melanie St-Jean: Finding the missing link after service
Melanie (Mel) St-Jean followed her dreams to a successful military career. By many measures, as a mother and independent business owner, she also had success in life after service. Still, this Army and Navy Veteran felt something was missing. Reconnecting with military Veterans has empowered Mel to pursue new dreams.
For those who may be on the fence about contacting the Veteran Family Program, Jo Anne has the following advice: “Stop thinking about it and do it… you will be glad you did!”
August 9 is National Peacekeepers’ Day
Peacekeeping is an important part of our country’s military tradition—and our Canadian identity.
More than 125,000 Canadians have served in peace missions around the world.
Peacekeeping is difficult and demanding. From patrolling buffer zones to protecting refugees, our peacekeepers face situations and challenges that would be unimaginable to many of us at home.
On August 9, let’s take a moment to thank our country’s peacekeepers who sacrifice so much to help make the world a better place.
Be heard! Join one of the six ministerial advisory groups
Review of applications for the six Veterans Affairs Canada Ministerial Advisory Groups will begin on July 22, 2021. There is still time to bring your voice and share your perspective on important issues related to one of the ministerial advisory groups:
Open Forum: Chronic Pain Centre of Excellence for Canadian Veterans
The Chronic Pain Centre of Excellence for Canadian Veterans’ first Open Forum was held Tuesday, 6 July 2021. This event featured a review of the research and work accomplished in 2020–2021, the first year of operation for the Centre. The Forum also described the research goals and plans for 2021-2022.