Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

September 07, 2007 11:20 ET

Canada's New Government Announces $850,000 in Additional Funding for Carewest Operational Stress Injury Clinic in Calgary

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Sept. 7, 2007) - The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Industry, on behalf of the Honourable
Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, announced today more than $850,000 in additional funding for the Calgary Carewest Operational Stress Injury (OSI) Clinic. This increases the Clinic's budget to more than $1.9 million and increases the Clinic's capacity to help clients suffering with operational stress injuries by 30 per cent.

"Canada's New Government is committed to meeting the needs of Veterans, Canadian Forces members and RCMP members," said Minister Prentice. "The additional funding announced here in Calgary today, along with the funding provided in Budget 2007, will help us through these clinics to offer critical help, treatment, social support and counselling services to Veterans and their families."
Dr. Harvey Smith, Manager of the Carewest Operational Stress Injury (OSI) Clinic, said the additional funding is excellent news for Veterans, their families and members of the Canadian Forces in southern Alberta. "This money will increase our ability to provide important services through the Clinic. It represents a real recognition of the existing need, and will enable us to continue to help and assist Veterans, their families, and current members of the Canadian Forces."

The Clinic, funded by Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) and managed by Carewest, provides specialized services to Veterans and members of the Canadian Forces (CF) who suffer from operational stress injuries resulting from their military service. The Clinic, which opened its doors on April 24, 2006, offers standardized assessment, treatment, prevention and support to serving CF members and Veterans who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or other operational stress injuries including anxiety, depression, or addiction.

"Our Government is dedicated to caring for those who have suffered operational stress injuries," said Minister Thompson. "We have to make sure that Canada's Veterans make the successful transition from military life to civilian life. And to do that, they have to have the proper support, resources and services necessary to cross that bridge."

Educational programs as well as individual, group, and family counselling are also available. In 2006, Veterans Affairs Canada implemented a suite of programs and services through the New Veterans Charter to better address the needs of today's Veterans, including those with operational stress injuries.

For more information, visit the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site at www.vac-acc.gc.ca.

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