The Barrie Campus of Georgian College was proud to host the Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence for an announcement of several new educational initiatives available to veterans as part of the federal government’s Budget 2017.
The initiatives announced by Hehr recognize the important role of caregivers, as well as the need to help more families, support mental health and provide for the education and training veterans need to find work they want in their post-military lives.
Georgian President and CEO MaryLynn West-Moynes spoke about the close ties between Georgian and the Canadian military and its veterans. She also praised the work of Hon. Col. Jamie Massie for his work with veterans including the creation of the Operation Hero scholarship program at Georgian. Among several veteran/students who attended the event was Civil Engineering Technology student Victoria Kovatchev, who led the minister on a tour of her program area, as well as the Barrie Campus cenotaph.
The new Education and Training benefit provides up to $80,000 of financial support for the costs of college, university or technical education. Veterans will be able to make choices that best suit their family’s situation during their transition, Hehr said.
This benefit supports veterans in achieving their education and future post-military employment goals, and positions them to be more competitive in the workforce.