GREENWOOD – The federal government has committed to doing more for military personnel and their families.
As of April 1, changes took effect that will create opportunities for medically-released members and veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces to benefit from the services offered by Military Family Resource Centres (MFRCs).
“Medically-releasing CAF members, veterans and their families can access the transition programs, referral services, and intervention supports at all MFRCs for as long as they need to. Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) is committing $147 million over six years for this expansion of the Veteran Family Program,” a recent Department of National Defence media release reads.
“In addition, $6 million of new funding from the Department of National Defence (DND) has been provided to modernize the Military Family Services Program (MFSP) and provide additional support to military families.”
There are 32 MFRCs in Canada, including one located at 14 Wing Greenwood.
West Nova MP Colin Fraser, a member of the House of Commons’ standing committee on Veterans Affairs, visited the Greenwood MFRC earlier this month to celebrate the implementation of two initiatives relating to the recent funding announcement.
“I am proud of the excellent work done by the Greenwood Military Family Resource Centre. Expanding their reach is important to the well-being of our military families and veterans in West Nova. The Veteran Family Program is a great initiative that will make a real difference for those who have served Canada and provide assistance to their families,” he said.
MFRCs are not-for-profit organizations that focus on supporting CAF military families through community-based programs and services.
“The modernization and additional support is part of the broader Comprehensive Military Family Plan outlined in Canada’s Defence Policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, the goal being to augment support and services and enhance family life for CAF members and their families,” reads a prepared statement from the Department of National Defence.
“These benefits will include extended childcare hours, expanded youth programs, and the provision of additional mental health services (including couples counselling and women’s workshops), among other enhanced services.”