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Canadians walk to raise awareness about homeless veterans

Jim Lowther, president of VETS Canada, is happy the Department of National Defence is looking into the challenges ill or injured veterans face when readjusting to civilian life. 
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Jim Lowther, VETS Canada co-founder, president and CEO. - FILE

Veterans Emergency Transition Services Canada (VETS Canada) is hosting its third annual Coast to Coast Tour of Duty in communities across the country on June 9 at 1 p.m.

The Tour of Duty is a national walk to encourage countrywide awareness and dialogue regarding veteran homelessness and veteran homelessness prevention, and to locate veterans in crisis from coast to coast.

Walks will be led by teams of VETS Canada volunteers in 21 cities nationally, including Charlottetown. The public is encouraged to join in our efforts by participating in a local walk.

Jim Lowther, VETS Canada co-founder, president and CEO, said last year’s event helped the foundation to identify 17 homeless and/or in-crisis veterans. It also received many more referrals for emergency assistance after the fact, due to the event’s publicity.

“One of the things that sets VETS Canada apart from other veteran initiatives is that we don’t wait for those in crisis to come to us. Our volunteers literally hit the streets boots on the ground in their local communities in search of veterans who need our help. The Tour of Duty is just that, but on a national scale.”

Participants are asked to RSVP by emailing info@vetscanada.org.

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