CFB Shilo among 7 sites launching transition pilot program

A pilot program aimed at helping medically-released members of Canada’s military has officially been launched at Manitoba’s CFB Shilo.

Program will help members up to 2 years after medical release

The Veteran Family Program is being piloted at Canadian Forces Base Shilo. (CBC)

A pilot program designed to help members of Canada's military who have been released for medical reasons was officially launched at Canadian Forces Base Shilo in Manitoba on Wednesday morning.

CFB Shilo is one of seven bases across Canada selected to launch the Veteran Family Program pilot, a news release from the base said. 

The four-year program will provide support to Canadian Armed Forces members, who have been relieved of their duties due to a medical condition, and their families from six months pre-release to two years post-release. According to CFB Shilo, those released from service due to medical reasons face a greater challenge transitioning into civilian life. 

The program is intended to help medically-released members and their families transition to civilian life by offering information, referrals, workshops and other supports. 

The base hosted a session Wednesday on saving money as part of the pilot program and plans to host another on credit management next month for members and their families to learn about how to plan financially.

Other workshops and programs include those for stress management, a power of attorney workshop and another on Mental Health First Aid training.

The other pilot sites are Edmonton, Esquimalt, North Bay, Trenton, Valcartier and Halifax, the news release said. 

About 1,200 Canadian Armed Forces members are medically released annually across Canada. 

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