Watch the April 23 episode of Defence Team News!

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In this episode, we highlight:

  • changes to transition benefits provided by Veterans Affairs Canada; and
  • the transfer of command ceremony for 5th Canadian Division


Welcome back to Defence Team News, I’m Shelley Van Hoof.

And I’m Lt(N) Jamie Bresolin. Here are the headlines at Defence.

Veterans Affairs Canada has introduced new programs and services for CAF members, veterans and their families, as well as changes to existing programs, which took effect on April 1st.

The new Education and Training Benefit will offer up to $40,000 in funding for Veterans with 6 years of service and $80,000 for those with at least 12 years of full-time service.

In addition, the re-designed Career Transition Services program will help individuals with their Career Transition plan through working with qualified civilian career counsellors.

Other program changes include: expanded access to the Veteran Family Program through the Caregiver Recognition Benefit, the Veterans Emergency & Veteran and Family Well-Being funds, and the establishment of a new Centre of Excellence on post-traumatic stress disorder.

For more information on these new and existing benefits and services, check out the related links.

The Canadian Army now has its fourth fully enabled-regular force brigade, a first for Atlantic Canada’s 5th Canadian Division.

In a transfer of command ceremony at the 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown, the Commander of the Canadian Army, Lieutenant-General Paul Wynnyk, welcomed 4 Engineer Support Regiment, 4th Artillery Regiment (General Support), and 21 Electronic Warfare Regiment to the ranks of the Canadian Combat Support Brigade.

Joining these three Regiments together and adding them to the Brigade, which integrates both Regular and Reserve force soldiers, will provide the capabilities needed for a strong and agile military to meet the modern day challenges outlined in Canada’s Defence Policy: Strong, Secure, Engaged.

That’s it for us. Thank you so much for watching. See you next time…

…for Defence Team News!

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