How Canada’s veterans reintegrate back home

Post-traumatic stress disorder, loneliness hinders progress

Veterans thumbAs Remembrance Day approaches on Nov. 11, millions of Canadians will don poppies, attend ceremonies and services, and otherwise honour Canada's veterans.


Beyond this public respect, some veterans are calling for more accessible and equitable support systems, arguing that the current compensation from Veterans Affairs Canada or the Canadian Armed Forces isn't enough.

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Canadian Army Veteran Motorcycle Units help unite military veterans

Riding club focuses on community service and camaraderie

VeteranBikers1 thumbAfter four years of service in the 1970s, Jim Welsh says he left the Royal Canadian Navy with a sense of disillusionment.

"When I left it, the military was the furthest thing from my mind," he says. "My first act on getting home was to roll up my uniform and throw it down the garbage chute."

This changed five years ago when Welsh got involved with the local chapter of the Canadian Army Veterans Motorcycle Units — also known as CAV.

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Field of Crosses

The Calgary Poppy Fund and McCann Family Foundation use display to honour deceased veterans

thumb cross2 resizeThis year, the Calgary Poppy Fund will display the annual Field of Crosses memorial to honour Southern Alberta's veterans as well as those lost in military service.

The Field of Crosses, funded by The McCann Family Foundation, began in 2009 as an attempt to replicate Flanders Fields. It is located on Memorial Drive, between 3rd Street NW and Centre Street.

Laura Vanderkruk, a member of the committee that organizes the project, says it started after Murray McCann was in Georgia and saw a similar display.

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Calgary Poppy Fund and Veteran’s Food Bank assist struggling veterans

Age, inflation make it difficult to make ends meet

thumb cross3 resizeWhile supporting Canada's veterans is a year round effort for the Calgary Poppy Fund and Veteran's Food Bank, the weeks leading up to Remembrance Day are key to raising the money required to carry out that task.

Last year the non-profit organization, which operates under the auspicious Royal Canadian Legion, raised $2.5 million and used the money to provide support to veterans — and their families — in need.

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