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Salute! July 2021

A newsletter from the folks at Veterans Affairs Canada.


July 2021

Please share this e-mail magazine with your friends and contacts so they can keep up on issues that matter to Veterans and their families.

Let us know what you think about the new Salute! by emailing consultation-consultation@veterans.gc.ca.


In this edition:


Thank you for your input 

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.

Applying is easy. You can follow the guided form in My VAC Account, a secure online portal, or download the form and send it in by mail.

Visit veterans.gc.ca for more information about the Education and Training Benefit, including how to qualify and getting started with the application.


Apps to support Veteran mental health

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:

LifeSpeaka self-help website with videos and information about mental health, nutrition and other issues that matter to you.

Wellness Together CanadaCOVID-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.

PTSD Coach Canada: mobile app can help you learn about and manage symptoms of PTSD.

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.

Read Mel’s full story.


We’re stronger thanks to the Veteran Family Program

Life after service isn’t always easy. Jo Anne Truskoski and her husband Michael are no strangers to the challenges a military family can face.

Michael is a 35-year Veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces. He released for medical reasons in 2012, and suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other health challenges.

In 2018, the Veteran Family Program, the local Military Family Resource Centre, and Louise, their Veteran Family Program Coordinator, stepped up to help.

Thanks to this continuing support, Jo Anne and Michael participated in a Mental Health First Aid course as well as the Couples Overcoming PTSD Everyday (COPE) program, designed to help couples overcome the effects of PTSD.

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:

  • policy
  • service excellence and transition
  • mental health
  • care and support
  • families, and
  • commemoration.

To learn more and to apply, visit ministerial advisory groups.


Get support for your commemoration

Are you and your organization planning any commemorative activities or initiatives? Veterans Affairs Canada can provide financial support.

Our Commemorative Partnership Program is there to provide financial support for projects commemorating the achievements and sacrifices of those who served Canada.

Need inspiration? Check out some our previously funded projects:

You have until 1 October 2021 to apply for any projects taking place in 2022–2023 and requesting more than $10,000. Requests for $10,000 or less continue to be accepted on an ongoing basis.

For more information, including eligibility and how to apply, visit our website, or contact the Commemorative Partnership Program directly at cpp-ppc@veterans.gc.ca.


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.

You can watch the recording of this hour-long open event at the Chronic Pain Centre of Excellence’s website.


Have you completed the Census?

It’s not too late to complete the 2021 Census! Complete your census and help your community plan for the services you want and need.

For more information, or to complete your census questionnaire, visit the census website at www.census.gc.ca.


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Consultation is open! Shape the future of remembrance and recognition in Canada/ La consultation est ouverte! Façonnons l’avenir de la commémoration et de la reconnaissance au Canada

We would encourage all of our members to take advantage of these consultations and have their voices heard.


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Hello,

We are pleased to announce that our consultation on the future of remembrance is now live.

As Canada’s Veterans evolve, so too should the ways we commemorate them. Earlier this year, we introduced our broadened approach to commemoration that aims to recognize all those who have served our country in uniform, here at home and around the world.

How do you think we should recognize and commemorate those who served in Canada’s military, peacekeeping and humanitarian missions over the next decade?

Starting today, we invite Veterans, their families and all Canadians to share their thoughts on this important topic through our online consultation on the future of remembrance.

The online consultation is open from 18 June to 9 July 2021. We encourage you to share this widely within your network.

Thank you!

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Bonjour,

Nous sommes heureux d’annoncer que notre consultation sur l’avenir de la commémoration est maintenant ouverte.

À mesure que les vétérans du Canada changent, la manière dont nous les commémorons doit également changer. Plus tôt cette année, nous avons présenté notre approche élargie de la commémoration qui vise à reconnaître toutes les personnes qui ont servi notre pays en uniforme, ici à la maison et partout dans le monde.

Comment croyez-vous que nous devrions reconnaître et honorer les personnes qui ont participé aux missions militaires, humanitaires et de maintien de la paix du Canada au cours de la prochaine décennie?

À compter d’aujourd’hui, nous invitons les vétérans, leur famille et tous les Canadiens à formuler leurs commentaires sur cet important sujet par l’intermédiaire de notre consultation en ligne concernant l’avenir de la commémoration.

La consultation en ligne se déroulera du 18 juin au 9 juillet 2021. Nous vous encourageons à partager la nouvelle dans tout votre réseau.

Merci!

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Salute! June 2021

A newsletter from Veterans Affairs Canada.


June 2021

Please share this e-mail magazine with your friends and contacts so they can keep up on issues that matter to Veterans and their families.

Let us know what you think about the new Salute! by emailing vac.consultation-consultation.acc@canada.ca.


In this edition:


Indigenous Veteran Debbie Eisan to be featured on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network

Indigenous Veteran Debbie Eisan will be featured in a 60-second video airing on APTN, with the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, for the Indigenous Day Live event on 20 June.

Indigenous Day Live is Canada’s largest event celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day.

Veterans Affairs Canada has a new partnership with APTN. It’s an opportunity to raise awareness about programs and services to an Indigenous-based audience. The partnership also recognizes the significant contributions of Indigenous Veterans. Through this partnership, we are increasing engagement with Indigenous communities and Indigenous Veterans across the country.

The partnership will be renewed for the Indigenous Day Live in 2022, when we hope to attend in person, engaging directly with Indigenous Veterans and the communities that support them.

Follow VAC on social media and the web for updates on events.


Honouring the memory of Indigenous Veterans

Indigenous peoples have always had an important place in our military history, even though many needed to overcome barriers to serve in uniform.

The contributions of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and other Indigenous peoples are woven through every conflict and every era: from the thousands who answered the call during the First and Second World Wars, to those who served in Afghanistan and in peace missions around the world.

Join us this month as we remember all the Indigenous people who have served Canada, and how much our country honours them for their service.

Learn more at our Indigenous Peoples Remembrance page.


Pride Week: June 8–11

LGBTQ2 Veterans have played an important role in our country’s military efforts, and continue to contribute to our rich history and heritage.

Pride Week took place June 8 to 11. We invite you to read more about women and LGBTQ2 Veterans.

  • Listen and read about engagement of the LGBTQ2+ Veteran community.
  • The Office of Women and LGBTQ2 Veterans was established to contribute to advancing gender equality, diversity and inclusion for LGBTQ2 Veterans.
  • In 2020, VAC hosted the LGBTQ2+ Roundtable virtual series.
  • Veteran Patti Gray was pushed out of the Canadian Armed Forces during the LGBT purge. She excelled in her post-military career also continued a life of service to her community. Today she proudly wears her Pride Citation as a badge of honour.
  • Filmmaker Sarah Fodey’s documentary, The Fruit Machine details personal accounts of former public servants affected by the LGBT purge.

Veterans share experience of applying for disability benefits

We are collecting valuable insights into improving the application process for VAC disability benefits. To better understand their first experiences in applying for benefits, Veterans Affairs Canada is holding a consultation with Veterans, former RCMP and still-serving CAF members, their family members, until 17 June 2021.

This consultation is done through our Let’s Talk Veterans consultation platform, focusing on first applications. We’ve heard from hundreds of Veterans so far, and we want to hear from you too!

To read a report on the consultations when it’s published, and to stay connected on Veterans’ issues, visit Let’s Talk Veterans.


Help applying for benefits and services

Would you like advice or guidance when applying for VAC benefits or services? They’re available, free of charge.

You can get free guidance with your application by contacting:

  • a Command Service Officer at the Royal Canadian Legion at 1-877-534-4666 (You don’t have to be a member; visit their website for more information)
  • VAC through My VAC Account secure messaging
  • Veterans Affairs Canada at 1-866-522-2122.

Be heard! Join one of the six ministerial advisory groups

Are you passionate about making a difference for Veterans? Interested in speaking up about issues and sharing your perspective? Then join one of VAC’s ministerial advisory groups.

Ministerial advisory groups at Veterans Affairs Canada are your opportunity to share your knowledge, expertise, and experiences with the Minister to help guide change and improve services for Veterans and their families.

We are currently seeking Veterans, Canadians, and stakeholders from diverse backgrounds and experiences across Canada who want to make a difference.

Bring your voice and share your perspective on important issues to one of the ministerial advisory groups:

  • policy
  • service excellence and transition
  • mental health,
  • care and support
  • families, and
  • commemoration.

To learn more and apply, visit ministerial advisory groups.


Why do the Battles of Beaumont-Hamel and the Somme matter to you? 

Even after 105 years, the Battles of Beaumont-Hamel and the Somme during the First World War resonate throughout Canada.

As we approach the 105th anniversary of those battles, we want to hear from you why they still matter today.

More than 24,000 Canadians and Newfoundlanders were killed, wounded or missing during the battles. With so many lives cut short, Canada and Newfoundland were forever changed.

Please share your thoughts. You can join the conversation on social media using:

#Somme105
#BH105
#CanadaRemembers.

Learn more here.


Veteran Howard Elson benefits from the Veterans Independence Program

Howard Elson has experienced his share of action and adventure in his 31-year career with the Canadian Army’s Artillery division. His advice to CAF members and Veterans in life after service is to take advantage of all the benefits and services available.

Mr. Elson joined the Army from his home in Newfoundland and served with the Artillery in postings was posted across Canada, and even on the Rhine river in Germany. He achieved the rank of Master Corporal, and then in the Reserves Rangers, rose to Lieutenant.

An accident in 1979, while working with 155mm artillery shells, left Mr. Elson with a permanent back injury. He transitioned out of the CAF and pursued a number of opportunities, including as a training officer for the Canadian Rangers.

Now 78, Mr. Elson receives support like snow removal and assistance around his Nova Scotia home through the Veterans Independence Program.

He encourages any Veteran who feels they might benefit from the program to apply. “By all means, look into it. I’ve been happy with what the program has to offer, and it’s always easy to get answers if ever I have questions.”

If you’d like to know more about what the Veterans Independence Program can do for you, please click here to visit our website.


Veteran success story

Todd Ross: Success in spite of harassment

Todd Ross had loved the military since childhood. As an adult, he excelled in his position in the Royal Canadian Navy—until he was dismissed in 1990, through no fault of his own, caught up in the LGBT purge.

Since then, Todd has applied his considerable talents and skills to build an impressive career. He also helped lead the class action that led to an apology to LGBT members and compensation.

A life in the military

Todd Ross joined the Army Cadets in his home town of St. Stephen, New Brunswick, just before his thirteenth birthday. “I absolutely loved it,” he remembers. The Cadets took him to Germany, among other adventures. When he got older, he became a summer instructor with the organization.

Read Todd Ross’s whole story here.


Veteran success story: David Fraser

Retirement doesn’t mean doing nothing

Major-General (Ret) David Fraser, who led NATO forces in Afghanistan, has excellent advice for those about to transition from military service.

As Corporate executive, bestselling author and financial mentor at one of Canada’s leading business schools, Major-General (Retired) David Fraser has certainly had a successful career after his time in uniform. His post-military career focuses on guiding fellow Veterans and current members of the Canadian Armed Forces through various post military activities.

Read his full story.


Join the Navy Bike Ride

Do you roll?

If you love to bike, join the 2021 Virtual Harry DeWolf Challenge.

The annual Navy Bike Ride challenges everyone on two, three or more wheels to ride a cumulative 30,000 kilometers to raise money for the Royal Canadian Naval Benevolent Fund and Support Our Troops.

The 2021 Navy Bike Ride runs June 21 to August 28. Find out how to join and share at NavyBikeRide.ca.


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Let’s Talk Veterans Consultations / Consultations Parlons vétérans

We wanted to pass along this opportunity to provide feedback on the veterans services offered by the Government of Canada.


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Hello,

We are pleased to inform you that the consultation on the disability benefits application process is now live! Join this consultation to tell us about your experience and help us build new tools and create better solutions together!

We want to hear from Veterans, current and releasing members of the Canadian Armed Forces and RCMP, their family members, and others who have helped those applying for benefits.

Visit Let’s Talk Veterans from May 27 to June 17 to be part of this consultation.

Thank you


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Bonjour,

Nous avons le plaisir de vous informer que la consultation sur le processus de demande de prestations d’invalidité est maintenant en cours! Participez à cette consultation pour nous faire part de votre expérience, et aidez-nous à créer ensemble de meilleurs outils et solutions!

Nous voulons connaître l’opinion des vétérans, des membres actuels ou en voie d’être libérés des Forces armées canadiennes et de la GRC, des membres de leur famille et d’autres intervenants qui les ont aidés à présenter une demande de prestation d’invalidité.

Visitez Parlons vétérans du 27 mai au 17 juin pour faire partie de cette consultation.

Merci

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Share your views on the five proposed designs for the National Monument to Canada’s Mission in Afghanistan / Faites-nous part de votre opinion sur les cinq concepts proposés pour le Monument commémoratif national de la mission du Canada en Afghanistan

Note this opportunity for members of the Royal Canadian Legion, and the general public as a whole, to have input on this monument.


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Share your views on the five proposed designs for the National Monument to Canada’s Mission in Afghanistan   

The National Monument to Canada’s Mission in Afghanistan will recognize the commitment and sacrifice of Canadians who served in Afghanistan, as well as the support provided to them by Canadians at home.

View and comment on the five finalist designs for the National Monument to Canada’s Mission in Afghanistan. The online survey is open until June 9 at Canada.ca/survey-monument-afghanistan. The winning design will be announced this fall.

Learn more about the National Monument to Canada’s Mission in Afghanistan at www.veterans.gc.ca.

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Faites-nous part de votre opinion sur les cinq concepts proposés pour le Monument commémoratif national de la mission du Canada en Afghanistan   

Le Monument commémoratif national de la mission du Canada en Afghanistan reconnaîtra l’engagement et le sacrifice des plus de 40 000 Canadiens qui y ont servi, et le soutien que leur ont apporté les Canadiens au pays.

Voyez et commentez les cinq concepts proposés pour le Monument commémoratif national de la mission du Canada en Afghanistan. Le sondage en ligne est ouvert jusqu’au 9 juin au Canada.ca/sondage-monument-afghanistan. Le concept gagnant sera annoncé cet automne.

Apprenez-en plus au sujet du Monument commémoratif national de la mission du Canada en Afghanistan au www.veterans.gc.ca.

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