Trauma Therapy

The Winnipeg Foundation


Veteran’s Transition Network

For those who serve in our country’s military, the biggest risk to their lives doesn’t come from IEDs or enemy fire. It comes in the form of depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and substance abuse. Canada lost more soldiers to suicide than it did to combat in Afghanistan during the same time period.

Returning to civilian life can also be a difficult adjustment, compounding a veteran’s feelings of isolation and dislocation. Relationships may break down, work life may be unsatisfying, anger may be constantly bubbling below the surface. It’s a heart-breaking legacy for men and women who put it all on the line to defend peace and freedom.

The Veteran’s Transition Network (VTN) is a Vancouver-based organization that works with veterans to overcome trauma through an innovative combination of peer and psychological support. Its programs focus on communication, coping and career-building. The retention rate is almost 100% and the impact on individuals is huge. Of those who go in with severe depression, more than half experience little or no depression three months later.

With support from The Winnipeg Foundation, VTN brought its program to Manitoba for the first time last fall, helping our local veterans win the war they face within.

The grant was drawn from the Community Building Funds, the Doray Enterprises Fund, a Field of Interest Fund that supports mental health services, and the Flying Officer Michael Gerald Wright Fund, established in memory of an RCAF navigator who was killed in a plane crash in 1957 at age 28.