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Veteran’s Corner

Veteran’s Corner

VAC Definition of a Veteran –  When people think of Veterans, many immediately picture someone who served in the First World War, Second World War or the Korean War. While many Canadians recognize these traditional Veterans, the same may not always be true for Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Veterans – those who served Canada since the Korean War.  In fact, some former CAF members don’t even see themselves as Veterans.  Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) wants to change this and is working to ensure CAF Veterans receive the honour and recognition they have earned and so richly deserve.  VAC considers any former member of the Canadian Armed Forces who releases with an honourable discharge and who successfully underwent basic training to be a Veteran.  This Veteran status recognizes the risk CAF members assume by wearing the uniform and pledging allegiance.  Canada’s modern-day Veterans are carrying on the traditions, values, and legacy of wartime Veterans, and all Canadians, especially our youth, should be aware of their accomplishments and sacrifices.

Please note that other criteria, in addition to Veteran status, are needed to qualify for services  from the Department.

Nationally Relevant

Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) – (Detailed services explanation with contact info)
http://www.veterans.gc.ca/services 
(Phone 1-866-522-2122 (toll-free) Monday to Friday, 8:30 to 4:30, local time)

VAC Programme and Services Publications  (Comprehensive explanations)
http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/publications/category/15

VAC and Last Post Fund Burial Assistance Programmes www.lastpostfund.ca

Government of Canada – Programs and Services for Seniors  https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/campaigns/seniors.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=sem&utm_campaign=seniors2018-2019&utm_content=resources3

CAF Military Pension (For any CAF pension issues or questions)
http://www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/fac-caf/accueil-home-eng.html  (Phone 1‑800‑267‑0325)

Director of Casualty Support Management – The Guide to Benefits, Programs, and Services for Serving and Former Canadian Armed Forces Members and their Families
http://www.forces.gc.ca/assets/FORCES_Internet/docs/en/caf-community-benefits-ill-injured-deceased/guide-eng.pdf

Royal Canadian Legion Service Officer Handbook (A useful explanations, definitions, and a compendium of pertinent info)
https://www.legion.ca/support-for-veterans/contact-a-service-officer

Office of the Veteran’s Ombudsman (should you feel the system is failing you)
http://www.ombudsman-veterans.gc.ca/eng
(Phone toll free 1-877-330-4343)

National Association of Federal Retirees (a worthwhile advocacy and info group)
https://www.federalretirees.ca

Canadian Military and Veteran discount list (Free) –  https://dealhack.ca/blog/canadian-military-discounts

Provincial Guides: Retirement and Senior Care in Canada (Commercial)  https://www.comfortlife.ca/retirement-communities/region-guide

Regional Authorities and Guides – West to East to North

BC – Regional Health Authorities  https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/partners/health-authorities/regional-health-authorities

BC Senior Living Association (BCSLA) (highly respected organization that can help explain housing options)
http://www.bcsla.ca

The Victoria Capital Region Seniors’ Services Directory (A useful guide to local services)
http://seniorsservingseniors.bc.ca/service-directory/

Alberta – Health Care Zones   https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/zones/zones.aspx

Alberta Senior Communities and Housing Association https://www.ascha.com

Alberta Seniors Information Guide https://open.alberta.ca/dataset/266d93c8-8a72-4161-9f7d-750eef4c9b56/resource/2e1f33ea-e4d7-4094-b3a0-473d1e251898/download/seniors-programsservicesguide.pdf

Saskatchewan – Health Care Authority and Regions  https://www.saskhealthauthority.ca/Services-Locations/Pages/Home.aspx

Saskatchewan Seniors Association Incorporated http://saskseniors.com/wp/resources/

Saskatchewan Programs and Services of Interest to Seniors  http://publications.gov.sk.ca/documents/13/107855-Seniors_Booklet-Oct18-WEB.pdf

Manitoba – Health, Seniors and Active Living  https://www.gov.mb.ca/health/contact.html

Long Term & Continuing Care Association of Manitoba http://www.ltcam.mb.ca/home.htm

Manitoba Senior Living Guide – https://www.gov.mb.ca/seniors/publications/docs/seniors_guide.pdf

Ontario – Health and Long-Term Care http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/common/system/services/phu/locations.aspx

Ontario Retirement Communities Association  https://www.comfortlife.ca/retirement-communities/orca-the-ontario-retirement-communities-association

A Guide to programs and services for seniors in Ontario  https://files.ontario.ca/seniors-guide-english-web.pdf

Quebec – Health Regions  http://www.msss.gouv.qc.ca/en/reseau/regions-sociosanitaires-du-quebec/

Seniors Association Quebec http://www.retirement50plus.ca/canadian-seniors-associations/seniors-association-quebec/

Quebec Programs and Services for Seniors http://www4.gouv.qc.ca/EN/Portail/Citoyens/Evenements/aines/Documents/Programs%20and%20Services%20for%20Seniors%202018.pdf

New Brunswick – Regional Health Authorities  https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/services/services_renderer.9435.Regional_Health_Authorities.html

New Brunswick Senior Citizens Federation https://nbscf.ca

Prince Edward Island – https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/topic/health-pei

PEI Senior’s Guide https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/sites/default/files/publications/web-seniors_guide_0.pdf

Nova Scotia – Health Authority http://www.nshealth.ca/contact-us

Nova Scotia Positive Aging 2015 Directory https://novascotia.ca/seniors/pub/positive-aging-directory-2015.pdf

Newfoundland and Labrador – Health and Community Services https://www.health.gov.nl.ca/health/mentalhealth/regional_health_authorities.html

Northwest Territories – Seniors’ Information Handbook  https://www.hss.gov.nt.ca/sites/hss/files/seniors_information_handbook.pdf

Nunavut – Health Facilities Map  https://www.gov.nu.ca/health/information/health-centres

 

OPI: Rod Hughes