Knowing that someone you trust has your back is a pretty big deal.
When entering the civilian world, many Vets are struck by the relative lack of camaraderie, structure, goals, and responsibility. It’s not unusual to end up feeling isolated and alone as a result.
We know how important it is to be around people who know what your world is really like. This is why our programs take place in private locations, co-led by graduates who are Veterans themselves.
Facilitated by psychologists & counsellors who’ve received specialized training from us in military issues, our charitable programs are backed by university research and 17 years of experience.
What are the requirements for attending?
Any Canadian Forces or RCMP Veteran can attend our program, no matter how long it has been since leaving the military. (For more info on RCMP attendance, click here)
All fees (inc. travel, room and board) are covered by donations from the Canadian public. We can also submit claims on behalf of VAC clients to have their expenses covered by Veterans Affairs.
Participants must be able to commit to the full program (3 weekends over 6 weeks) and are asked to refrain from alcohol and narcotic use during those 3 weekends.
Examples of some common difficulties:
Broken connections with family or friends.
Dissatisfaction with civilian workplaces.
Feeling on edge, irritated, or angry often.
Having trouble sleeping and staying focused.
Feeling down or unmotivated for weeks to months.
Avoiding public places or crowds of people.
Seeking out the adrenaline rush of dangerous situations.
What We Offer
We run small, private groups of 5-6 Vets at a time where you can speak with the assurances of confidentiality, being respected & understood.
Our courses are delivered by specially trained psychologist and counsellors, working together with Veterans who have graduated from previous programs.
The directness of military language often doesn’t translate well to the civilian world, whether at home or at work.
We cover how to bridge this gap in communication: building the skills to improve the relationships important to you and to be understood the way that you want to be.
The effects of operational stress can impact our lives long after leaving the service, sometimes to the extent that life can’t be enjoyed or lived the way we want.
Our courses explain both why this occurs and how to begin regulating again. By the end you’ll leave knowing how to access resources to continue improving, whether those are peer or professional.
Many aspects of your career change can pose challenges you weren’t expecting: your differences in responsibility, co-workers, financial situation to name a few.
Over the course of the program we will explore in depth what made your service rewarding, and build concrete plans to find that personal meaning again.
Does the program work?
As graduates ourselves, we can tell you that it has made huge differences in our own personal lives. In fact, UBC did a research study on our delivery showing that everyone who completed the course had large improvements in their quality of life in areas like reduced depression, anxiety, and discovering they didn’t have to avoid certain people or parts of their life anymore.
You can listen to a few of our grads talk about their experiences here: