Veterans' contributions honoured on Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day is an important opportunity to reflect on the Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF) contributions to the landscape of our country and the world. From the First and Second World Wars, to the days post-9/11 and the invasion of Afghanistan, with countless missions in between,
the CAF have made many and significant contributions in the realms of defense and peacekeeping.

Commanded by the federal government to protect Canada’s citizens, protect its security, and promote its strategic interests, the CAF are made up of land, naval, and air forces with 68,000 active personnel and 27,000 reservists. While proud to serve, members of our forces can pay a dear price: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be one of those. Tilray is proud to provide support for veterans who have risked their lives in service to their country.

Medical cannabis has demonstrated benefits for the symptoms of PTSD. Tilray is at the forefront of clinical research in the area and has partnered with the University of British Columbia for one of the world’s first large-scale clinical trials to examine medical cannabis as a treatment for this mental health disorder.

Where patients continue to struggle with the effects of PTSD in spite of medication and psychotherapy, medical cannabis can help, and Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) will reimburse some of the associated costs. Tilray’s VAC Bridge Program was set up to support those veterans seeking treatment for their symptoms with medical cannabis and to provide details on how to access it; our dedicated customer service representative helps veterans navigate the VAC coverage approval process.

Wounded Warriors Canada (WWC) — a charity with a mandate to honour and support Canada’s ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces members, veterans, first responders, and their families — was established in 2006. Today, the charity focuses on programs that support mental health among veterans and offers programming and clinical supports, supports research, and promotes mental health awareness.

In February each year, the Wounded Warrior Run B.C. sees relay participants run 600 km from Vancouver Island’s northern tip south, to the provincial capital in Victoria, to raise money and awareness for WWC. To donate in support of our veterans, please visit https://woundedwarriors.ca.