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Post by Silveray_88 on Tue 04 Sep 2018, 1:15 pm

VETS Canada to open Ottawa Drop-in and Support Centre

September 03, 2018


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Post by Mullberry on Tue 18 Sep 2018, 1:28 pm

Support centre for veterans in need opens in Ottawa

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Published Tuesday, September 18, 2018


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Post by Xforce2000 on Fri 09 Nov 2018, 7:50 pm

Housing and service centre for veterans to open in north Edmonton

CBC News · Posted: Nov 09, 2018


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Post by Saulman on Mon 19 Nov 2018, 8:11 am

Federal government diverting veterans in crisis away from emergency fund, say outside agencies

Murray Brewster · CBC News · Posted: Nov 19, 2018


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Post by Highlander on Thu 20 Dec 2018, 3:27 pm


VETS Canada kicks off third annual Operation Holiday Helping Hands for Canadians in need

The Journal Pioneer
Published: Dec 20, 2018

Veterans Emergency Transition Services (VETS) Canada will hold its third annual Operation Holiday Helping Hands throughout the month of December.

The coast-to-coast outreach initiative supports and aids the less fortunate Canadians, and aims to ensure those who served are not forgotten during the holidays.

VETS Canada volunteers will provide help at local shelters, drop in centers, communities and will also be coordinating a gift card drive for Veterans in need.

"As the holidays draw near, it is easy to forget the fact that thousands of Canadians are struggling to eat and stay warm, including those who have served to protect our country," said Jim Lowther, VETS Canada's president and CEO.

"This national initiative encourages a much needed dialogue regarding the ongoing issues of homelessness and food insecurity amongst Canadian veterans and civilians alike, while also providing a chance for community members to step up and help those in need."

VETS Canada encourages all Canadians to get involved in Operation Holiday Helping Hands.


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Post by Zephariah on Wed 26 Dec 2018, 6:55 pm

When the army calls for help — vets drop-in centre first in Canada

KELLY EGAN December 26, 2018





Robert Praet had served his country in uniform, and damn near ruined his back while he was at it.

Now he was 74, newly arrived in Ottawa during a cold December, sleeping at the Salvation Army, getting the brushoff from welfare and Veterans Affairs Canada, and running out of money.

“That was probably the lowest point,” he says. “The only thing you can compare it to is when you go into basic training and you sleep in bunk beds. But you sleep with one eye open at the Salvation Army.”

Now, who was going to serve him?

An intake worker took his history, which included almost eight years with the Royal Canadian Electrical Mechanical Engineers (ending in 1967), and connected him with a fairly new outfit that might help. “I had no inkling who they were.”

Within a couple of days, he said, four volunteers showed up, hauled him out of the George Street shelter, put him in an apartment, took him for groceries, and offered continued support.

“Heh. They gave me a new family.”

This story, which took place a couple of years ago, is Vets Canada at its core: doing something immediate to help a veteran in need. The charitable, non-profit organization has mobilized hundreds of volunteers across Canada to help vets who are outright homeless (as many as 2,200 nationally), poorly housed or just in need of short-term financial help or a helping hand.

The organization made a breakthrough in Ottawa this fall when it opened its first drop-in centre on Besserer Street in a converted three-storey house. It now has a caseload of about 30.

It’s a warm, welcoming place. There is always coffee on and a sandwich that can be rustled up, a comfortable lounge, a room with computers and people such as Alexa Pasha to do the intake work and steer the vet in the right direction.

“When someone walks in the door,” says the support services navigator, “they’re not met with glass, they’re not met with security, they’re not met with cameras.”

The answer to “what does Vets Canada do?” is “what does this vet need?”

There are warm clothes stored in the basement, socks and underwear and mittens and tuques. They can provide a vet with a “kitchen kit,” a big Tupperware bin that has pots, plates, utensils — everything needed to set up from scratch. In a pinch, they can help with taxi fare or pay an urgent bill.

Pasha, who used to do social work at the Ottawa Mission, told me a remarkable story that illustrates the organization’s flexibility and its ability to fill gaps Veterans Affairs could never touch.

They connected with a veteran, a new widower, who saw his circumstances decline from two incomes to one, finally ending up in a rooming house. He had a chance for a safe landing with family in Western Canada but had no funds to arrange the move. So Pasha got to work, arranging to have his belongings put into storage, then moved out West, then moving him out West, with hotel stops along the way — all booked, with volunteer connections and emergency funds.

“My job is to be here and help navigate. We make sure they get connected to all those pieces.” Sometimes the piece is a health card or a link to a medical clinic, or looping in established Veterans Affairs programs, or employment help. Or a coffee and confession.

Praet, now 76, volunteers at the drop-in every Friday and takes part in regular BOGs, or boots on the ground, when a team makes the rounds to city shelters looking for veterans in need and spreading the word about Vets Canada’s work.

“You know, there but for the grace of God go us,” Praet says.

When a vet talks about the difficult transition, he knows of what they speak — among other things, he moved across the country after being ruined by the Calgary floods of 2013. He’s noticed differences with younger vets, many of whom suffer from post-traumatic stress.

”When we served in the armed forces, we knew the enemy because the enemy wore a uniform.” Not so with Afghanistan vets, who fought rag-tag coalitions engaged in terrorism with homemade bombs. How could it not “play with your mind,” he asks, when soldiers return to civilian life?

(Of 40,000 who served in Afghanistan, about 12,000 are receiving a disability benefit related to PTSD or a mental illness.)

When asked about the difficulties in making the transition to civilian life, this point keeps coming up: in military life, the daily routine is set for soldiers — work, food, housing — and personal choice has limited scope; in civilian life, it’s just the opposite.

“A lot of my guys will tell you once they get out,” says Pasha, “no one calls, no one chats with them, they lose their peer support.”

Started in 2010, Vets Canada now operates in 16 Canadian cities. It has some federal funding but relies heavily on donations. For more information, check vetscanada.org.


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Post by Cassey on Sat 19 Jan 2019, 8:05 am

January 18, 2019

New Edmonton centre one stop shop for veterans’ services

By Harley Burland Global News





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Post by Edgefore on Thu 07 Feb 2019, 12:57 pm

February 7, 2019

Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo donates unclaimed 50/50 jackpot to veterans’ charity

By Rebecca Lau
Reporter Global News



FILE - The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo is donating its unclaimed 50/50 prize to Veterans Emergency Transition Services Canada.


A charity that helps at-risk veterans is going to benefit from a large 50/50 draw after a jackpot from last year’s Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo was unclaimed not once — but twice.

The jackpot of $8,875 will be donated to Veterans Emergency Transition Services Canada, or VETS Canada, which aids homeless and at-risk veterans by providing them support as they reintegrate into civilian life.


According to the Tattoo, the July 1, 2018, matinee jackpot wasn’t claimed following the show, so organizers held onto the prize and made another draw 90 days later. Organizers posted the winning numbers on the website and social media, as well as reminded people to check their tickets.

When that second winner didn’t come forward either, the Tattoo chose a charity to donate the money to, as dictated by provincial gaming laws.

“The Tattoo has always championed the Canadian Armed Forces and its brave service members, both active and retired,” said Harvey Morrison, the chair of the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo Society, in a statement.


“We chose to donate to VETS Canada in light of their tremendous work supporting homeless and at-risk veterans, and we applaud all of their endeavours to help veterans.”


The charity was founded in 2010 by Halifax veteran, Jim Lowther, and now works across Canada.




The organization is planning to open a veterans’ drop-in centre in Dartmouth next month. It will be the first in the province and the third drop-in support centre in the country.

Meanwhile, Tattoo organizers believe this is the first time a 50/50 jackpot has gone unclaimed at the decades-old show.







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