Wounded Warriors Canada donates $100,000 to the Veterans Transition Network

Donation funds the Ontario provision of the VTN

OTTAWA, May 7, 2014 /CNW/ - Wounded Warriors Canada is very pleased to continue their partnership with the Veterans Transition Network (VTN), announcing a $100,000 donation to the program for 2014. The funding is earmarked to support the program's Ontario provision.

In addition, Wounded Warriors Canada (WWC) is also proud to announce that Bruce Power - the largest nuclear power station in North America and longtime supporter of Wounded Warriors Canada - will once again sponsor the charity's program commitment.

The VTN is the first group-based program for veterans transitioning from military to civilian life. For 3 months, participants in each program spend 80 hours over 3 weekends living with and helping each other identify and potentially remove barriers that hinder their transition. Sessions take place in a completely confidential environment facilitated by clinicians and paraprofessionals - focusing on the transition process, the effects of trauma on the person, building skills for self-regulation, communication skills, and completing "unfinished business".

Tim Laider, Executive Director of the Veterans Transition Network, commented, "The VTN was a major part of my transition home after serving in Afghanistan and it has been my personal mission to make this program available to as many Veterans as possible. The generous contribution from Wounded Warriors Canada continues to make this program possible in Ontario." 

Phil Ralph, Wounded Warriors Canada National Program Director, commented that, "The Veterans Transition Network is a state of the art program that we are proud to support. Not only does the VTN help enable soldiers to work through Operational Stress Injuries, it helps transition a soldier's vast military skills into civilian skills - helping them to be successful and productive in their transition to civilian life. Our funding will continue to ensure this great program is available in Ontario and we owe a great deal of gratitude to Bruce Power, one of our long-standing corporate partners."

Harry Hall, Vice-President of Supply Chain for Bruce Power commented, "It takes courage and strength to do what these soldiers do for our country. We are extremely grateful for the sacrifices they've made and hope this donation will make it a little easier for our wounded soldiers to transition back to civilian life."

About Wounded Warriors Canada:

Founded in 2006, Wounded Warriors Canada is a non-profit organization that helps Canadian Armed Forces members - be they regular force, reservists or retired - who have been wounded or injured in their service to Canada.

Through a wide range or programs and services, they help find solutions where gaps have left our soldiers in need. Currently, their primary focus is on mental health and, particularly, the staggering impact of PTSD, perpetrated by Operational Stress Injuries. Overall, however, their mandate is to help any Veteran in need as they transition to civilian life.

Image with caption: "(L-R): Phil Ralph, Wounded Warriors Canada National Program Director; Tim Laidler, Veterans Transition Network Executive Director; Scott Maxwell, Wounded Warriors Canada Executive Director; Chris Linford, Wounded Warriors Canada National Ambassador (CNW Group/Wounded Warriors Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140507_C7161_PHOTO_EN_40079.jpg

SOURCE: Wounded Warriors Canada

For further information:

Scott Maxwell
Executive Director
Wounded Warriors Canada


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