This is an excerpt of an article originally hosted on Global News Edmonton.
A pilot project that the Edmonton Garrison took part in is now being expanded across the rest of the country. The Veteran Family Program will offer better care to members after they leave service.
Details were shared with staff at CFB Edmonton on Wednesday. The expansion is part of the $620-million Veterans Affairs budget that was released last week.
“We got rid of tons of red tape,” Minister Kent Hehr said. “[We] gave opportunities for our people to go to university. Let’s face it, we have many people after six years in service, they want to think about other careers. Now they have $40,000. After 12 years they have $80,000 to go back to school.”
Hehr said work will continue for what will be a “pension for life” for the members, although there are plenty of details that are still to be ironed out.
“We want to ensure financial security, as well as ensure people have an ability to succeed going forward,” Hehr said. “That’s through education, through career transition, through better supports. So we want to have the veteran community understand our suite of programs that are there to support them and the family in having better outcomes.”