VAC introduces changes to transition benefits

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A notable number of new and enhanced programs and services, provided by Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC), are now operational as of April 1, 2018.

The new Education and Training Benefit (ETB) provides funding for college, university or a technical education for Veterans who have been honourably-released since April 1, 2006 under the new Veterans Charter. Veterans with six years of full time service will be eligible for up to $40 000 in funding and those with at least 12 years of full time service will be eligible for up to $80 000.

Funding is intended to cover the costs of tuition, course materials, and some incidentals and living expenses. It includes a maximum of $5000, from the total benefit, for short-term courses for personal development. This could include courses such as small business boot camps or other continuing education courses. Veterans will have up to 10 years following their release date to use their benefit. This benefit is not available to members who elect to remain part of the Supplemental Reserve.

The redesigned VAC Career Transition Services program (CTS) will help individuals with their Career Transition plan, including help with resume and cover letter writing, conducting a job search, and interview preparation. These services are provided by qualified civilian career counsellors who have an understanding of military life and culture.

Services are now available to Regular or Reserve Force CAF members who have completed basic training, as well as eligible Veterans and survivors throughout their lives. Spouses and common-law partners of Veterans are also eligible for these services until the later of either March 31, 2020 or the second anniversary of the Veteran’s release date.

Other changes to VAC programs as of April 1 include expanded access to the Veteran Family Program and the introduction of the Caregiver Recognition Benefit, the Veterans Emergency and Veteran and Family Well-Being funds, and the establishment of a new Centre of Excellence on PTSD.

These changes, along with the new Veterans Charter, expanded programming at Military Family Resource Centres and existing services provided through the Joint Personnel Support Unit and its Integrated Personnel Support Centres, are part of the ongoing commitment of the Canadian Armed Forces and VAC to the well-being of serving members, Veterans and their families.

If you would like more information on these new benefits and services, check out VAC’s New and Enhanced Benefits and Services.

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