Throughout November a Canadian initiative, the Veterans Transition Network (VTN), was showcased at the Canadian High Commission in London, England. It included a Veterans Tribute Pole, the lestweforgetCANADA mural, and a theatre piece, CONTACT! Unload, created by veterans, academics and artists to bring attention to the challenges some veterans and their families face when returning from conflict.
VTN is a group-based course developed to help men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces who have difficulties with the transition to civilian life and are vulnerable to depression, post-traumatic stress, and/or substance abuse. Almost 600 veterans have been helped through their life transition periods, reconnected emotionally with their families and spouses, and settled into new careers. VTN veterans work cooperatively in groups facilitated by specially trained counselling psychologists and graduate veterans.
On Remembrance Day, HRH Prince Harry visited VTN at Canada House. The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry includes an Armed Forces program.