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VETS Canada: In Her Boots 2018 – National Search for Homeless Female Veterans

VETS Canada’s Second Annual In Her Boots Event to Feature  Volunteers in 15 Cities Searching for Homeless Female Veterans

In recognition of International Women’s Day, VETS Canada will be holding their second annual VETS Canada: In Her Boots national event on 3 March 2018. This event features volunteer teams walking the streets across the country and visiting women’s shelters / drop-in centers in search of female veterans in crisis and providing donated comfort items to women/families in need. All in all, the aim of VETS Canada: In Her Boots is to create dialogue and raise awareness at the local, provincial and national level regarding homelessness amongst female Veterans and their families; a topic too often overlooked.

“Even though females make up a significant proportion of the Canadian Armed Forces, the archetype of a Veteran remains male,” notes Debbie Lowther, Co-Founder/Chair of VETS Canada. “A significant percentage of the Veterans we assist are female, yet most Canadians are unaware that homelessness is a real concern amongst many female Veterans. We see VETS Canada: In Her Boots as an opportunity to encourage awareness and dialogue regarding this important issue. Increased conversation at the local, provincial and national levels is needed if we are to make a significant difference.”

We are excited to share that there are currently 17 volunteer teams across the country participating in this national event!

How can the community get involved in VETS Canada: In Her Boots?

1) Collect donations for your local women’s shelter (call your shelter ahead of time to discuss their current needs)

2) Donate to VETS Canada in honour of International Women’s Day (donations can be earmarked specifically for female Veterans).

3) Apply to volunteer with VETS Canada in your own community via our website https://vetscanada.org/get-involved.php

About VETS Canada

VETS Canada, the largest organization specifically dedicated to ending Veteran homeless in the country, is a national volunteer-driven charity and service provider of Veterans Affairs Canada that provides 24/7 emergency aid to homeless and in-crisis Veterans. VETS Canada’s hundreds of dedicated volunteers – most of whom Veterans or still-serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces – have provided life-saving support in response to thousands of requests for assistance from coast to coast since the organization’s inception in 2010.

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