Investments in the following True Patriot Love priorities have the greatest potential to benefit Canadian Military, Veterans and their family. Your generosity helps to support these and other priorities at True Patriot Love.
One of our main priorities in 2016 is providing funding and support for various veteran-focused programs and organizations across Canada. These programs provide a wide range of services to veterans to aid in transitioning into civilian life. This includes:
- Career re-training and support for medically discharged veterans;
- Transition and mentoring opportunities for the veterans recently released and making the transition to a civilian career;
- Entrepreneurial training for veterans interested in starting their own business.
Veteran’s Transition Program Examples:
Outward Bound Canada (OBC) – Veteran’s Program
An adventure-based resiliency and peer-to-peer support program for veterans and current members of the Canadian Forces who were previously deployed, and are now struggling with re-integration into civilian culture.
Veteran’s Transition Network (VTN)
National group-based courses for veterans transitioning from military to civilian life. In 3 weekends spread over 3 months, participants spend 100 hours helping each other to identify and remove potential barriers that hinder their transition.
Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur (POE)
A national program of Prince’s Charities Canada to transition Canadian Armed Forces members interested in starting their own business by providing the tools needed to succeed as an entrepreneur.
Prospect/Forces@Work Prospect is a non-profit, charitable organization that partners with industry, government, funders, education providers and human service organizations to design and deliver supports and services so that every individual can reach their maximum potential in the workforce. Forces@Work is a rapid direct job placement and retention service created by Prospect and designed for Canadian Armed Forces and veterans.
In the fall of 2013, the Ombudsman for the Department of National Defence (DND) released the first ever review of the well-being of Canadian Military Families and concluded that children and youth are paying the price for their parents’ sacrifices.
The report noted that:
- Military families move three times more often than civilian families and relocation is the most unsettling feature of a Canadian Forces lifestyle;
- Children of deployed military members experience more physical issues, including increased stress and sleeping problems compared to similar civilian children;
- Scientific research shows that military children in schools populated by military and civilian children often feel isolated and ostracized because their experiences are not understood by educators and peers.
Each year, True Patriot Love receives a minimum of $700,000 in requests annually for a variety of programs and organizations that support military families with children with special needs.
A large priority of TPL’s in 2016 is providing funding and support for various mental health initiatives and programs across Canada. Mental Health is on the forefront of everyone’s mind right now, and TPL has a chance to make a difference in the lives of thousands of military men and women who are suffering from a mental health illness, such as PTSD.
TPL funds a wide range of programs that specialize in the mental health and wellbeing of Canadian Military and Veterans. These include:
- Counselling programs and leading-edge treatments for soldiers with Operational Stress Injuries, like PTSD, depression, anxiety and substance abuse;
- Programs that educate families on the signs of PTSD and suicide prevention;
- Couples and family counselling to address separation anxiety and other challenges related to a military lifestyle;
- Grief counselling for spouses, children and parents of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
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