VETS Canada: In Her Boots – a Monumental Success!
In recognition of International Women’s Day, Veterans Emergency Transition Services Canada (VETS Canada) held a national awareness event today (4 March 2017) – VETS Canada: In Her Boots. Volunteer teams in 10 cities across the country walked the streets and visited women’s/family shelters searching for homeless female veterans, providing donated comfort items to women/families in need, and raising awareness of female / family veteran homelessness.
“When we envision veterans, many of us think of men,” says Debbie Lowther, Co-Founder of VETS Canada. “In reality, women make up a significant percentage of the veteran population, and an increasing number of the veterans we help are female.” In 2015, 5% of the in-crisis veterans supported by VETS Canada were female; in 2016, that number jumped to 16%. Many of these female veterans were single mothers struggling to make ends meet. In Debbie’s words: “we as a country need to recognize that female veteran homelessness is a significant issue, and that each and every one of us can play a role in helping homeless female and male veterans alike.”
The event was a monumental success across the country; VETS Canada volunteers were able to connect with veterans in need and also encourage dialogue at the local (and national) level regarding veteran homelessness. It is this type of awareness that leads to meaningful and impactful change.
We thank each and every volunteer who made this event possible. We also thank the media for their ongoing support of our work:
VETS Canada President, Jim Lowther on CBC Information Morning
VETS Canada President, Jim Lowther Discusses the Importance of Partnership with The Salvation Army
VETS Canada and The Salvation Army Partner to Offer Transitional Housing to Homeless Veterans
Minister of Veterans Affairs Announces Extension of Contract with VETS Canada