HEALTH / WELL-BEING

Survey on Transition to Civilian Life: Report on Regular Force Veterans

Article

Military to civilian transition is an important event in the life course of military veterans. The objective of the Survey on Transition to Civilian Life (STCL) was to measure the health, disability and determinants of health of former Canadian Regular Force personnel after release from service.

Abstract

This report is a descriptive overview of more than 40 indicators of health, disability and determinants of health collected in the survey. Military to civilian transition is an important but poorly researched event in the life course of military Veterans. In this report, Veterans are former Canadian Forces personnel who have released from the military, regardless of length of service. Veterans experiencing difficulties with re-establishment can be provided assistance through Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) programs. Previous population health data for CF Veterans receiving benefits from VAC was becoming dated, and Veterans not receiving benefits from VAC had never been surveyed comprehensively. A more complete evidence base is needed to meet modern re-establishment needs of Veterans, including evaluation of the New Veterans Charter (NVC) programs initiated in 2006, and other programs established by VAC and the Department of National Defence/Canadian Force (DND/CF).

Full Reference

Thompson, J. M., MacLean, M. B., Van Til, L., Sudom, K., Sweet, J., Poirier, A., Adams, J., Horton, V., Campbell, C. and Pedlar, D., 2011. Survey on Transition to Civilian Life: Report on Regular Force Veterans. Research Directorate, Veterans Affairs Canada, Charlottetown, and Director General Military Personnel Research and Analysis, Department of National Defence, Ottawa.