Purpose After Service through Sport (PASS) Trial

We are investigating if a socially connected physical activity program (PASS program) can support the health and well-being of men who are military veterans or are currently serving members of the armed forces.

The program is being evaluated as part of a randomized trial.

Keen to take part? Please email pass.trial@ubc.ca

What is the PASS program?

Previous research indicates that the transition to civilian life can bring about substantive challenges for military veterans, with men in particular reluctant to seek help. The PASS program is an initiative that brings together men who are veterans and currently serving members of the Canadian military. It provides an opportunity to improve health and fitness, socially connect, access various transition resources and services (e.g., employment, education, counseling) and blow off some steam in a (semi) competitive environment.*

On the back of a successful pilot program (see below for a short film developed by two military veterans) that was implemented in Vancouver in 2019-2020 we will be delivering, and evaluating, the PASS program across nine locations across Canada starting in January 2023 (recruitment is happening now!).

* Although the PASS trial is for military veteran and currently serving men, we are also recruiting for a parallel program/study that is specifically tailored for military veteran women called “Purpose After service through Connectivity and Exercise (PACE)”. For details please contact katrina.waldhauser@ubc.ca

PASS Trial in the News (CBC, April 20, 2022)https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/ubc-pass-program-1.6425028

Why the PASS Program?

Physical and mental health

Be active and connect for physical and mental health.

A sense of camaraderie

Experience a sense of community by connecting with other veterans.

Network with veterans

Discover work opportunities through veterans working in the civilian workforce.

Learn about support services

Learn about available support services and programs.