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Veterans' Stories

Stories

We all adjust to major life changes. For you and your family, the transition to post-service life means big changes, and sometimes challenges. It is a unique experience.

Browse the stories below and learn what transition to post-military life has been like for some Veterans.

John's Story

John O’Neill’s service record is a roadmap of places where Canadian service men and women have made a real difference over the past two decades. Bosnia in 1998. Kosovo in 1999. Ethiopia and Eritrea in 2000. Afghanistan in 2007 and again in 2010.

Natacha's Story

Every injured Veteran follows their own road to recovery. For Natacha Dupuis, hers led back to a childhood love of athletics and, eventually, an opportunity to once again represent Canada internationally—this time, under far different circumstances.

One Veteran speaks about leaving the Forces

An outspoken Veterans’ advocate, Shawn shares his insight on Veteran identity and the challenges and rewards of transition to life after service.

The sooner, the better: when to start thinking about life after service

Mark Gasparotto spent 20 years in the Canadian Armed Forces before he released from service. By the time he turned in the last of his kit and signed all the necessary paperwork, he had been thinking about his transition for a decade.

A releasing Veteran goes back to school

Freshly released as a supply technician from the Canadian Armed Forces earlier this year, Bambi is now a full-time student at the University of Ottawa, with support from Veterans Affairs Canada.

Share your story with other Veterans

Whether you were released a week or a decade ago, what was the transition like for you? How did you prepare for life after service? Who helped you along the way? And what advice would you offer other Veterans and their families?

Please get in touch with us if you would like to share your story with Veterans Affairs Canada and with the Veteran community.

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