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VAC announces partnership with UBC’s Centre Group Counselling and Trauma

The Veterans Transition Program (VTP) has been helping veterans in British Columbia to cope with Operational Stress Injuries for 20 years, and they are now expanding in order to help more.

Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) has provided $250,000 of funding for the Veterans Transition Training Centre (VTTC).

This will be done in partnership with the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Centre for Group Counselling and Trauma (CGCT).

“The staff at UBC’s Centre for Group Counselling and Trauma are making a real difference in the lives of Veterans and their families. The research and innovation coming out of this organization is vital to improving the well-being of Canada’s Veterans, and we’re happy to help them continue this important work,” said the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, former minister of veterans affairs and associate minister of national defence.

The VTP program was started 20 years ago by Dr. Marv Westwood, who works with CGCT.

During that time, the program has treated more than 1,000 veterans, with a 90 per cent success rate in regards to veterans become a successful and productive member of their community.

As a mark of the success of the program, VAC stated, “Half of the Veterans that enrol in the Veterans Transition Program are referred by Veterans who have already completed the program.”

These funds are from the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund, which is part of the new benefits announced with the 2017 Budget.

Using this fund, VAC has awarded $3 million in grants and contributions in 2018-19 to help improve the well-being of veterans and their families.

For more information about the CGCT, see their website.

For more information about the Veteran and Family Well-being fund, see their website. .

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Cyndi Mills

Over the last 24 years Cyndi Mills has had the opportunity to move around the country with her husband, Scott and their four children. Having lived in Chilliwack, Edmonton, London and Petawawa. She stumbled into the world of journalism by accident – looking for a career that could give her the flexibility to work from home to be with her children and support her husband's military career. Cyndi is also a military parent as her two oldest children are in the military.

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