VTN in the News
November 10, 2022 – Phil Carpenter, Global News
On Remembrance Day, military veterans who fought for Canada often don’t talk easily about the struggles they have experienced.
November 9, 2022 – Dave McGinn, The Globe and Mail
The 2021 census found that nearly one-quarter of veterans live alone, a much higher rate than the overall population. With that information in hand, advocacy organizations are empowered to speak out for more supports and programs to address loneliness among veterans.
October 24, 2022 – Sean Boyton, Global News
The case of a Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) employee discussing medical assistance in dying (MAiD) with a veteran should serve as “a serious wake-up call” to the gaps former military members face in accessing proper care.
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September 15, 2022 – Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press
Mental-health providers and others are reacting with shock and concern after an internal government audit uncovered significant problems with Ottawa’s administration of hundreds of millions of dollars in medical marijuana for veterans.
August 12, 2022 – Stewart Bell, Global News
Since the Taliban seized power on Aug. 15, 2021 amid a U.S. military withdrawal, about 17,000 Afghans have arrived in Canada through a resettlement program. But thousands whose work for Canada has put them at risk remain stuck in cities like Kabul, while others are in limbo in neighbouring countries like Pakistan.
On the run and hiding in a hole: Thousands of Afghans who helped Canada still facing Taliban vengeance
August 11, 2022 – Tom Blackwell, National Post
VTN’s Oliver Thorne: “We shouldn’t be having a one-year anniversary… It is disheartening that we are still facing a lot of the same problems we were a year ago…. To be left waiting for an answer for months and months is not good enough.”
July 13, 2022 – Jim Bronskill, CTV News
Statistics Canada has worked in recent years with federal agencies and others to paint a fuller picture of veterans, looking at their overall health and well-being.
June 15, 2022 – Janice Dickson, The Globe and Mail
Humanitarian and veterans’ groups trying to evacuate people who worked for Canada’s military and diplomatic mission in Afghanistan face major hurdles because Ottawa is strictly enforcing anti-terrorism law.
May 31, 2022 – Michelle Carbert, The Globe and Mail
The Auditor-General says Canadian veterans are waiting too long to receive compensation for injuries sustained during their service, despite Veterans Affairs’ efforts to improve wait times for disability benefits applications.
April 27, 2022 – Jeff Semple, Global News
Canadian veterans say Ottawa is lagging behind on its promise to help tens of thousands of people trying to escape Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. Jeff Semple looks at what vets are pushing Ottawa to do, and how the crisis is weighing heavily on their mental health.
October 14, 2021 – Mercedes Stephenson, Global News
‘The West Block’ host Mercedes Stephenson speaks with Tim Laidler, board president of the Veterans’ Transition Network, about the ‘crisis’ in Afghan safe houses.
October 14, 2021 – Stewart Bell and Jeff Semple, Global News
Two days before he was scheduled to board a plane for Toronto, Mohammad Ismail stood in a cramped hotel room in Islamabad, packing his belongings into a small black suitcase.
August 28, 2021 – Gordon Hoekstra, Vancouver Sun
When former Canadian soldier Tim Laidler started getting calls from former Afghanistan interpreters threatened by the Taliban, he knew he had to do something.
August 13, 2021 – Greg Mercer & Eric Andrew-Gee, The Globe and Mail
Twenty years after Canada first sent troops into Afghanistan, military veterans are watching the Taliban retake the country they fought to free and are asking one question: Was it worth it?
August 11, 2021 – Licia Corbella, Calgary Herald
As the Taliban gains strength in Afghanistan, many Canadians who have worked with brave men and women in that troubled country are doing everything they can to help bring these endangered interpreters to Canada.
August 10, 2021 – Evan Dyer, CBC
The embattled Afghanistan government has put up numerous roadblocks, including denying exit visas, to hamper the departure of interpreters who aided Canada’s military mission.
January 22, 2021 – Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press, CTV News
Internal reports prepared by Veterans Affairs Canada show Canadian veterans have been waiting longer and longer in recent years to access psychiatric services and other medical support at government-run clinics.
November 11, 2020 – Kier Junos, CityNews
As Canadians mark Remembrance Day amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, veteran mental health services are reporting an increase in demand.
November 11, 2020 – Ryan Flanagan, CTV News
The COVID-19 pandemic is making it more difficult for Canada’s veterans to get the help they need, but some veterans are finding ways past those barriers.
November 10, 2020 – Carolyn Kury de Castillo, Global News
A Calgary veteran plans to ride his bike to military monuments in the city to highlight the sacrifices of soldiers.
November 09, 2020 – Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press, National Post
Canadians from coast to coast to coast will mark Remembrance Day on Wednesday, once again taking a moment to honour and remember those who offered up their lives.
August 20, 2020 – James Snell, Winnipeg Sun
VTN officially launched its national transition skills course, a five-day confidential program that aims to build fortitude and resiliency in veterans during the public health crisis. The course addresses trauma, peer support, communication skills and goal setting.
August 20, 2020 – Delta Optimist
The Veterans Transition Network (VTN) has mobilized its network across Canada to help veterans and soldiers struggling with mental health during COVID-19.
VANCOUVER, September 9, 2019, UBC News
UBC is announcing its commitment to become Canada’s first veteran-friendly campus by 2020 to further its support for the health and well-being of all current and future veterans on campus.
Spring 2019, Caregiver Solutions Magazine
Unlike in other caregiving situations, caregivers of veterans often have to deal with and help to manage physical, physiological and mental health conditions…
Montreal, March 07, 2019
25% of Veterans in Quebec experience difficulties in their transition to civilian life.
February 06, 2019
The Veterans Transition Network is set to deliver its’ life-changing Veterans Transition Program to local Saskatchewan Veterans.
January 30, 2019
If a soldier’s moral conscience is damaged, the problem and the solution can both be hard to find.
January 23, 2019
Veterans Affairs Canada provides $250,000 to UBC’s Veterans Transition Training Centre through the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund.
January 17, 2019
For some… transitioning to civilian life is a very real struggle. To help, the Veterans Transition Network (VTN) offers programs facilitated by caring and compassionate experts who are specifically trained to help veterans transition back into civilian life.
January 03, 2019
Boeing, a leader in the Canadian aerospace industry, is enabling veterans with a chance to heal and return to meaningful civilian lives.
December 12, 2018
The Veterans Transition Network (VTN) is making its way to Newfoundland for the first time in March, bringing valuable support to help Veterans transition from the military to productive and meaningful civilian lives.
November 19, 2018
Thanks to Boeing’s ongoing support, Veterans Transition Program Psychologists and Counsellors across Canada have been equipped with skills to assist Canadian Veterans through transition.
November 11, 2018
They’re able to let go of some of the burdens and better reintegrate into civilian life.
October 31, 2018
PTSD and other medical problems are on the rise for veterans and serving military personnel in Canada, and new programs are available to help them.
May 3, 2018
James Cawley joins Open Roll Podcast to talk about the Veterans Transition Network. The Veterans Transition Network (VTN) is a Canadian operation providing mental health services specifically for Veterans.
April 23, 2018
The Veterans Transition Program is making its way to Saskatchewan for the first time on May 11th, bringing valuable programs to help Veterans transition from the military to a productive and meaningful civilian life.
April 2, 2018
There is something not quite normal about pilots. Retired Captain David Barkes is one of these exceptional humans. This painting that I did for him is based on a photo taken of the event where he landed his Labrador on a scraggy crumbling rock in the middle of iceberg ally off the Newfoundland coast.
March 27, 2018
Talk about a national contribution: a kind donation of cable and satellite air time from Shaw Communications is allowing many returned veterans a second chance at life.
March 16, 2018
The Veterans Transition Network is changing things up for veterans and RCMP when it comes to counselling for operational stress injuries. The 10-day treatment program brings veterans together with others experiencing the same trauma in a group setting.