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Veteran Family Pilot Program Launching at CFB Shilo

March 16, 2016 8:01 AM | News

CFB Shilo

CFB Shilo (FILE)

A new pilot project will provide support to medically-releasing Canadian Armed Forces members and their families from six months pre-release to two years post-release.

The four-year national program will launch later today at CFB Shilo east of Brandon.

“The Veteran Family Program is an important and valuable initiative that draws much needed attention to the enormous effect on those who are medically releasing,” said Willemien Van Lankvelt, executive director of the Shilo Military Family Resource Centre.

Other partner sites of the program besides Shilo include Edmonton, Esquimalt, North Bay, Trenton, Val Cartier, and Halifax.

Approximately 1,200 Canadian Armed Forces members medically release annually across Canada and approximately 700 military spouses and 900 children are impacted by their release.

— Staff