Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada - The Society of Atlantic Heroes (SOAH) is a registered Canadian charity which has taken its first step on its long-term vision to establish Atlantic House, a transition support center based in Halifax that will serve military veterans, RCMP and First Responders who are suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorders and other Occupational Stress Injuries. The Society has recently launched its first three-bedroom apartment to accommodate veterans, first responders and their immediate family members who must travel from outside the HRM area to seek specialist medical services.
The development strategy for the Transition Support Centre will build on successive phases that will begin with several apartments leading to a future establishment called Atlantic House, a 10 to 15 bed home which will provide temporary accommodations for veterans and first responders and immediate family members who must travel in excess of 100 km within the Atlantic region to attend specialist appointments in Halifax. The apartment is centrally located at 2060 Quingate Place, Halifax, N.S. near major hospitals and medical offices. Individuals and families who require accommodation may make application on the Society’s web site http://atlanticheroes.org , following the instructions under the Atlantic House pull down menu.
“This is a very exciting step toward helping these women and men, along with their immediate family who are in critical need of professional and peer support,” says Ken Hoffer, President of SOAH, “They put their lives on the line to protect our country, and make our communities safer, we can do no less to help them on the road to recovery with a supportive and caring home environment.”
The Society will also partner with government and corporate leaders to establish a Transition Support Center to house and treat veterans and first responders who are suffering critical risk and stress to family relations.
“We have been well supported by our community in Atlantic Canada. The generous donation of the apartment by Killam Properties and the grant received from Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia has set us on a path to succeed in delivering supports to our Atlantic Heroes,” said Ken Hoffer.
Our veterans and first responders require immediate, coordinated supports to fast-track the individual back to better health and productivity. There is no institution in Canada that has yet adopted this holistic approach to care for victims of PTSD/OSI. The Society plans to establish Atlantic House by 2020.
The Society was formed in 2013 and continues to seek volunteers, and donations. To find out more about the Society of Atlantic Heroes, including how to volunteer and donate, please visit their web site http://atlanticheroes.org and Facebook page
A Press Conference is planned for 14 June 2017 at 0945 in the front parking area of Quingate Towers at 2060 Quingate Place, Halifax, N.S. A short tour of the apartment facilities will be offered to interested parties.