Joint Transition Project: Closing the Seam

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There is a well-documented need to ensure that the transition process for medically-releasing Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members is as seamless as possible. To that end, in June 2014, we, as National Defence and Canadian Forces Ombudsman and Veterans Ombudsman, partnered on a joint project, leveraging both of our mandates to review the entire transition process, from the time the member is injured to after being release from the CAF.

The goal of that project was to: 

  • Identify the challenges facing medically-releasing members at the various stages of the transition process;
  • Identify areas where support to families could be improved; and
    Develop recommendations aimed at simplifying the process for members and their families, providing greater support when needed, and harmonizing the efforts of the CAF and VAC.

Over the last two years, we have accomplished a great deal. We: 

The joint project has now concluded and as a summary, we have developed an infographic with our key findings and recommendations. It also identifies the “Top 3 Things To Do Now” and key actions needed to close the seam. We will both continue to monitor and push for change in areas that fall within our respective mandates. Together we can make a difference.

Guy Parent
Veterans Ombudsman

DND/CAF Ombudsman

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