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VETS Canada’s Third Annual In Her Boots Event Features Volunteers Searching for Homeless Female Veterans Across Canada

Veterans Emergency Transition Services Canada (VETS Canada) will be holding their third annual In Her Boots awareness event in cities across the country on 2 March 2019. In recognition of International Women’s Day, volunteer teams across the country will be Boots on the Ground; visiting women’s shelters / drop-in centres to provide donated comfort items whilst searching for female Veterans in need of VETS Canada’s emergency aid. The aim of VETS Canada: In Her Boots is to create dialogue and raise awareness regarding the issue of homelessness (and related issues) amongst female Veterans and their families; a topic too often overlooked. Read about the success of In Her Boots 2018 at https://vetscanada.org/vets- canada-boots-2018-huge- success.php.

“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 women who have served. We need to change public perception if we are to effectively tackle the issue.”

Please help us spread the word/join in the conversation by using the hashtag #InHerBoots2019

About VETS Canada
Veterans Emergency Transition Services Canada (VETS Canada) is the largest 24/7 Canadian organization dedicated to addressing the emergency needs of homelessness and at-risk Veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces and RCMP. With primary funding from Veterans Affairs Canada, our hundreds of dedicated volunteers – predominantly Veterans or still serving military members – have relied on a unique model of peer support to provide lifesaving aid in response to thousands of requests for assistance since 2010.

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