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November 23, 2016

Wounded Warriors Canada Announces Fourth Doctoral Scholar in Veterans Health Research

November 23, 2016

For Immediate Release


VANCOUVER – Wounded Warriors Canada is proud to announce their fourth recipient of the Wounded Warriors Doctoral Scholarship, Linna Tam-Seto, from Queen’s University. In 2013, Wounded Warriors Canada made a 10-year, $400,000 doctoral scholarship commitment to the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR). The gift funds new scholarships for students from universities across Canada as they research issues relevant to military members, Veterans, First Responders and their families.

Scott Maxwell, Executive Director of Wounded Warriors Canada, commented, “We understand that research is vital when assessing the most effective ways in which to support our ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans, First Responders and their families. This scholarship is supporting some of the country’s best students in their effort to help us all better understand the impacts of Operational Stress Injuries. We would like to congratulate Linna for her hard work and look forward to the continued results of this legacy commitment.”

Dr. Stéphanie Bélanger, Interim Co-Scientific Director of CIMVHR, commented, “The Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research is proud of our scholarship program made possible by Wounded Warriors Canada. This type of funding support has revolutionized the future of research about the health of Canadian military personnel, Veterans and their families.”

Linna Tam-Seto, WWC 2016 Doctoral Scholarship recipient, commented, “I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to have been selected for the 2016 Wounded Warriors Canada Doctoral Scholarship. The scholarship will support my research to identify the cultural competencies for healthcare providers to enhance their work with Canadian military and Veteran families. Frequent relocations are one of the unique features of military family life, which can present challenges to health and well-being.  Stressors can be compounded by the need to seek out new healthcare supports, who can be limited in their understanding of military family culture.  Based on information provided by military and Veteran family members and health care providers, my research will identify culturally sensitive skills and knowledge to help provide evidence-based, quality, holistic care that will support positive individual and community health outcomes.”  

The Canadian Institute For Military And Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) is an innovative organization that engages existing academic research resources and facilitates the development of new research, research capacity and effective knowledge translation. With a network of academic researchers from across Canada, it serves as the hub for 41 Canadian universities who have agreed to work together in addressing the health research requirements of the Canadian military, Veterans and their families.