The RESPECT Campaign

Promote the core Canadian value of RESPECT between Canadians, our Military and Veterans.

The uniform deserves our respect and wearing the uniform must display respect. Veterans deserve our respect. Those who are suffering from PTS or those who end up homeless on the street deserve our respect and need our support.

An SHS volunteer and veteran

An SHS volunteer working on the street.

Photo: SHS


Soldiers Helping Soldiers (SHS) is a volunteer activity, developed through the initiative of serving personnel, which seeks to connect homeless veterans and/or veterans or serving members not yet, but on a trajectory to be, homeless with the services and benefits to which they are entitled.

BACKGROUND:

The Respect Campaign is a civilian project headquartered in Montreal Quebec. The campaign serves to bring awareness to the needs of our returning troops and veterans. In October 2017, the Respect Campaign unveiled a monument on highway 40 in Kirkland Quebec which is seen by more than 100,000 motorists daily. To promote awareness among business leaders, the Respect Campaign, in partnership with Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS), sold “Respect Banners” for commercial buildings of which all proceeds went to CFMWS for distribution to causes supporting the fight against PTS. More than 40 banners were sold along highway 40 and can be seen every year in the fall.

STRATEGY:

1) Create Awareness

Create public awareness of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and homeless veterans by building a specific monument and promoting RESPECT merchandise and events.

They called it Soldiers Heart in the American Civil War, Shell Shocked during the First World War and Soldiers Fatigue during the Second World War. It has been around a long time and it is not going to disappear. Awareness of this must be continuously promoted.

2) Provide Support

Raise funds to help support our Government and Canadian Forces with merchandise and fundraising events.

Government and Canadian Forces cannot do it by themselves. They need the support of the public and the business community. Funds raised will be given to Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services and directed to approved programs targeting PTS and Homelessness.

3) Enhance Collaboration

Foster awareness and collaboration among groups and individuals who are tackling the issues of PTS and homelessness among veterans.

These groups include; NGO’s, hospitals, charities, veterans associations, local governments, the Canadian Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs. PTS and homelessness among veterans is a serious problem that requires a collective effort and shared resources.

FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLE

Those who have served and suffer from PTS are legitimate casualties of conflict and are entitled to the same care and support as all other casualties. Homeless veterans and those suffering from PTS remain in the conflict and should not be left behind.