New programs and services for veterans

To the Editor:

Looking for a new career? Interested in career guidance? Need help getting on the right path for your post-military life? Check out our new and enhanced benefits and services for Veterans! From education and training, to well-being and financial support, Veterans Affairs Canada has you covered.

Do your career goals mean more education? The Education and Training Benefit can provide the funding you need to achieve your education and career goals. If you released since April 1, 2006 and served at least six years, you may be eligible for this benefit. Whether you are furthering your education journey or beginning a new one, this is the place to start!

A meaningful career is an important part of your well-being. The Career Transition Services program has been redesigned to support you the whole way: from career counseling and coaching, job search and resume building, all the way to interview preparation and job placement assistance.

Are you a Veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces who has medically-released within the last 120 days? Or do you have a health problem resulting from your military service that is making it difficult for you to adjust? You may qualify for rehabilitation services. Our purpose is to ensure that you improve your health to the fullest extent possible and adjust to life at home, in your community or at work.

And, access to the Veteran Family Program is now available across all Military Family Resource Centres.

We have also introduced the Caregiver Recognition Benefit, which provides a caregiver $1,000 a month, tax-free.

Applying for these benefits is easy. You can do it in just a few steps. Do you have a My VAC account? If not, you can register for one anytime.

You served your country with honour and are ready for what’s next. Our mission, at Veterans Affairs Canada, is to support you and your family through the next phase of your life.

To learn more about these programs and how they may help you or your family, please visit veterans.gc.ca.

Michel Doiron
ADM – Service Delivery

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