UBC to Become a More Veteran-Friendly Campus by 2020

September 9, 2019 – UBC has committed to new initiatives that aim to make it one of Canada’s first “veteran-friendly” campuses by 2020. The university will provide programs and services specially designed for veterans including: specialized mental health and counseling support priority student housing social and recreational opportunities professional development courses a Royal Canadian Legion Branch, the first new branch established in British Columbia in more than 25 years “As Canadians we owe so much to the veterans who have served and sacrificed for our country, preserving and protecting the…

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National Defence & Veterans Affairs Introduce Veteran’s Service Card

September 11, 2018 – The Minister of National Defence and the Minister of Veterans Affairs announced that the new Veteran’s Service Cards will be distributed to former and releasing Canadian Armed Forces members who completed basic training and have been honorably released. The new Veteran’s Service Card will provide a tangible symbol of recognition for former members, encourage an enduring affiliation with the Canadian Armed Forces and ensure linkages to Veterans Affairs Canada support programs as members transition to post-service life. The new Veteran’s Service Card will be distributed in…

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Open Letter: Justin Trudeau – What It’s Like To Be A Veteran In Canada

November 27, 2017 Pete Howell Dear Mr. Trudeau, A veteran is someone who, at one point in their life wrote a blank cheque made payable to their country for an amount up to and including their life. At 17 years old, like many of us, I signed that blank cheque which thankfully was never cashed by the Government of Canada during those years of military service. I am a military veteran and one of the lucky ones in this country. It also includes being the son of a veteran and…

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Invictus fighting spirit rises

Australia’s Invictus Games swimming coach is Navy’s own Lieutenant Amy Beal, who is in Toronto, Canada with the Australian team putting the ‘unconquered’ into the adaptive sports competition concept. HMAS Arunta’s Deputy Maritime Logistics Officer said that it was inspiring to witness how the athletes found ways to push themselves that little bit further. “I was working with Petty Officer Maritime Logistics Supply Chain Ian McCracken and he kept raving about how good the 2016 Orlando games were and how much he got out of it as a support staff…

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