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  • The Government of Canada will invest $15.8 million in a four-year pilot project to provide medically releasing Veterans and their families with access to the Military Family Support Program (MFSP). Up to 1,200 medically releasing Veterans and their families may take part in the pilot.
  • The pilot will include access to seven Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) sites across the country for a period of two years. These sites are located in Victoria, Valcartier, Edmonton, Trenton, Shilo, Halifax and North Bay. The MFRCs, as well as the Family Helpline and familyforce.ca website, will be open to medically releasing personnel and their families during this time.
  • The MFSP includes services such as a network of military family resource centres, the telephone-based Family Information Line and the online resource, familyforce.ca. These services have traditionally been available only to still-serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).
  • MFRCs are arm’s length, independent organizations that provide a range of support services to CAF members and their families. These services include welcome and community orientation sessions, parenting workshops, child care, outreach, information and referral, personal growth and development programming, as well as employment and educational assistance.
  • Research has shown that the transition from military to civilian life can be an especially stressful time for CAF members and their families. It is believed that making these services available to members of the CAF may help to address some of the challenges they face, in particular, those faced by newly transitioning members.
  • A 2010 Life After Service Study shows that personnel who medically release, in particular, often face the greatest challenges during transition. While opening up new services to medically releasing CAF members, the pilot will continue to offer access to already established, familiar and trusted services. The pilot will be evaluated after two years, and again at its conclusion, and will demonstrate whether medically releasing CAF members and their families wish to use these services going forward.

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