Archive for January, 2018

  • Even one is too many

    January 31, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    The Canadian Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Canada announced their joint suicide-prevention strategy in October. It is “an approach we have not seen before,” said Minister of Veterans Affairs Seamus O’Regan. The strategy is an effort to co-ordinate some 160 programs and services in both...
  • Saskatchewan Command announced a new partnership it has formed to offer a peer-support program for veterans and first responders suffering from operational stress injuries (OSIs) during its 49th convention held Oct. 14-16 in Estevan. OSI-Can is a partnership between Saskatchewan Command and the Canadian Mental Health...
  • Sorting out the moral injuries

    January 29, 2018 by Sharon Adams
    The realization is growing that the reason some military members and veterans do not benefit from post-traumatic stress disorder treatments is that their symptoms are not caused by, or not solely caused by, PTSD. There is an overlap of symptoms of PTSD, concussion and traumatic...
  • Always serving

    January 28, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    You didn’t see any national flag raisings at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto. There were no national anthems played at medal ceremonies, either. And while competition among the Games’ wounded, sick and injured warriors was fierce and the fans—a disproportionate number of them families...
  • Forum hears of benefits of Invictus Games

    January 28, 2018 by Sharon Adams
    The Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) forum had a royal guest—Prince Harry, patron of the Invictus Games, the international adaptive sports competition for military and veterans living with serious wounds, injuries and illness. The Invictus Games, he said, help “reignite qualities...
  • Suicide prevention strategy a step forward

    January 26, 2018 by Sharon Adams
    Progress is finally being made in gathering accurate data on rates of suicide among Canada’s total veteran population, thanks to the Canadian Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Canada’s Joint Suicide Prevention Strategy. Statisticians currently have data on suicide for serving armed forces members, but such...
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