Team Rubicon Canada and True Patriot Love Foundation will receive $500,000 each from Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) to provide support to Veterans transitioning to life after service.
The Minister of Veterans Affairs announced the funding July 13 through VAC’s Veteran and Family Well-being Fund (VFWF). This is part of VAC’s commitment, outlined in the Minister’s Mandate Letter, to ensure Veterans have access to adequate, tailored mental health resources, services and training programs.
Team Rubicon Canada’s project will offer free, emergency management education to Veterans through instruction on its Incident Command System. This includes planning, coordination, and implementation of Incident Command system training across Canada virtually, with more advanced training in on-site locations. The training will enhance Veteran participants’ employability in emergency management in their life after service.
True Patriot Love Foundation’s project addresses the loss of purpose that can occur when Veterans transition to life after service. The project will develop a National Action Plan on Veteran Volunteerism that will support their well-being.
The VFWF was launched by VAC in 2018. It provides grants and contributions to conduct research and implement initiatives and projects that support the well-being of Veterans and their families. Between 2018 and 2023, the VFWF has awarded $42.6M in funding to 77 organizations, for 123 initiatives.