Hearing from Veterans – The “Lived Experience” about Transition

Ottawa, ON - February 1, 2017

In October 2016, I announced that my team was conducting a qualitative research study in which we wanted to hear from Veterans who felt that they had successfully transitioned. Whether the transition was difficult or easy, took years or no time at all, if you felt well-integrated into civilian life, we wanted to learn how you got there. We wanted to understand your “lived experience” about transition.   

We undertook this research study to help us determine which factors – the “Determinants of Successful Transition” contributed to a successful transition and integration into civilian life for medically-released members (Regular and Reserve) of the Canadian Armed Forces. A better understanding of these factors will help ensure that the policies, programs and services that help the most are in place at the right time to support members as they transition. For more information about our study click here.

We have now completed the data-gathering portion of the study and are beginning the in-depth analysis. Our early findings have proven to be quite interesting and similar to the Veterans Affairs Canada Life After Service Studies (2014 Series – Release 12), which reported that 49.6 percent of Veterans who medically released experienced a difficult adjustment to civilian life since being released. Nine of the 15 participants in our study reported some degree of difficulty in their transition. Consult the infographic that we put together to provide you with some of our preliminary findings. 

Please keep an eye out for our full study results, to be published in the spring of 2017!

I wish to extend a sincere thank you to all participants who shared their stories with my team.

Guy Parent
Veterans Ombudsman


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