Veterans Benevolent Fund (VBF) Canada Supports Students in the Veteran Friendly Transition Program (VFTP)

vbf logoApril 13, 2017, Ottawa, Ontario – Every year, the Canadian Armed Forces releases about 5000 men and women from service. Although a number choose retirement, many more want to transition to a civilian career, putting their skills and talents to work in a different way. That transition, however, is not always easy for Canada's Veterans as they face varying social, academic, and financial challenges in finding employment and establishing a new career.

Today, the Veterans Benevolent Fund (VBF) Canada announced that it is pleased to offer support to students in the Veteran Friendly Transition Program (VFTP). The VBF offers scholarships to children of disabled Canadian Armed Forces Veterans.

"Leaving the military and the men and women that you serve with can be very overwhelming at times," explained Master Corporal (ret'd) Michael McBride, who was released after 13 years with the military and three tours in Afghanistan. "There are so many complicated things that you have to learn to do as you go through the stages of transition, when all you really want is to provide for your family. Having an organization like VBF to turn to in a time of need during academic studies will go far to assist our Veterans."

The new VFTP combines career counselling, personal and professional support, and transition training, all under one roof, simplifying the transition process for Veteran students. Willis College, Canada's oldest college, is the first college who will receive the support from VBF Canada.

"Willis College is pleased to be the first postsecondary institution in Canada to work with VBF," stated Rima Aristocrat, VFTP Founder and President & CEO of Willis College Canada. "Willis College has a long and proud tradition of supporting Canada's Veterans and is pleased that VBF will help to support our Veterans during their studies.”

Many industry leaders are supporters of the initiative, as they already know the benefit of hiring Veterans who have trained for a new career.

The program was announced on Parliament Hill on 23 March, 2017 and registrations will begin in late April. Veterans released from the regular or reserve Canadian Armed Forces, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and Provincial Police Forces are eligible to apply and register.

About Veteran Friendly Transition Program
The Veteran Friendly Transition Program (VFTP) is a transition program for Veterans that provides a flexible and supportive Veteran-friendly career and learning environment that will help enable Veterans to find gainful and meaningful employment following their service to Canada. Developed by and for Veterans, the program includes three components: a career and employment support program; a personal support program; and a training support program. The VFTP helps to ensure that Veterans have the skills and abilities to effectively transition from military to civilian life.   

About Veterans Benevolent Fund (VBF) Canada
The Veterans Benevolent Fund (VBF)Canada is a not for profit Canadian charity that supports Veterans and their families by providing emergency funding, and scholarships to children of Veterans who have a severe injury. The fund was established last year and is already supporting Veterans and their families in a number of ways.

More information is available on the new website: www.vftp.ca  

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