Meet Jeff A.
“This I can say, without a doubt, has moved me beyond comprehension. I have a better understanding of myself, and others around me.”
Canadian Army, PPCLI
I have been diagnosed with Severe PTSD and Major Depression since 1997. Since then, I have participated in many therapy sessions in and out of Ottawa, hospitals, clinics and NDMC. Nothing seemed to work for me, and I had to accept my journey towards recovery to be everlasting, and pharmaceutically driven in order to survive, and not live.
Then I stumbled on the VTN program.
Three weekends over the summer months (10 days), I was privileged in attending and being part of an excellent Veterans program geared at helping us reconnect with ourselves, help deal and cope with a multitude of traumas which often acts like a barricades preventing us the ability to move forward and heal.
This program will not be for everyone. Although it’s a group setting, the core ratio of facilitators to candidates are 1:1, meaning there is a total of 12 people, but only 6 are Veterans. The clinicians are top notch in their fields, speak the military lingo, and have ironed out a seamless program which I have seen for myself the positive changes in other vets, including myself.
I was reluctant at first to attend “another” group therapy program, as I have attended a multitude in the past with little to no impact and leaving a negative outlook on group settings. This I can say, without a doubt, has moved me beyond comprehension. I have a better understanding of myself, and others around me. This has made me a better person, father, husband, and veteran.
Though it’s not a silver bullet or answer to all my plagued psychosocial issues in regards to PTSD, the program has given me the tools of knowledge, understanding and awareness of certain triggers and coping methods. It has also given me the honour to be amongst some of Canada’s best soldiers from all ranks and elements. I am truly grateful to have experienced this program.
Thank you to VAC and the VTN to have given me the opportunity to partake in such an intense experience.”
MCpl. (Ret) Jeffrey A.
For Jeff, the Veterans Transition Program means…
Jeff’s road to recovery went from ‘just surviving’ to ‘living’.
Jeff now has a better understanding of himself and others around him.
Jeff feels that he is now a better person, father, husband, and veteran.
You can change lives for people like Jeff