Legion Services for Veterans their families
The Legion provides a range of services and supports for Veterans, their families and dependents. In addition to directly assisting Veterans and their families with the disability claims process through Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC), the Legion offers a variety of programs resources and referrals to support Veteran health, transition to civilian life, financial assistance and well-being.
At the local Legion Branch, a Veteran or their family can:
- meet with a volunteer Legion Service Officer to help identify unmet health or support needs and review possible benefits through VAC, as well as other supports available
- get assistance with completing the Legion Claims Form and receive a referral to Legion Command Service Officers for individual assistance
- request benevolent financial assistance through the Poppy Fund
- request visits to Veterans in retirement and long term care facilities
- access Veteran support and care programs as offered through the Branch
BC/Yukon Command Service Officers can help a Veteran or their family:
- get assistance with the disability claims process
- request benevolent financial assistance through the Poppy Fund, beyond what a Branch can provide
- obtain referrals to appropriate Legion and provincial Veteran support programs and resources
- obtain a referral to a Legion Dominion Command Service Officer for additional assistance and free, professional representation with VAC benefits and appeals.
Duty with honour is the foundation of the Canadian Forces, serving to protect our nation's values, interests and sovereignty at home and abroad. With 62,000 Regular Force Members and 25,000 Reserve Forces including 4,000 Canadian Rangers, Canada's respected international standing as committed humanitarians, is attributable to those who serve in the cause of peace.
The Royal Canadian Legion's longstanding tradition of caring for Veterans and their families continues with steadfast determination, as current serving members of the Canadian Forces are as equally deserving. The Legion within BC/Yukon Command designs and supports specialized, acclaimed health and social programs to support members of the Canadian Forces and their families.
Although The Royal Canadian Legion is well known for their service to Veterans and their families, the same awareness is not evident about the charitable work in the community.
Within BC/Yukon Command, Legionnaires and the Ladies Auxiliary work tirelessly behind the scenes, striving to improve the quality of life for others. With quiet pride and unspoken humility, the work of the Legion touches all citizens.
The Legions within BC/Yukon Command contribute over $4 million every year supporting health, social, educational and heritage programs, filing a void in essential community services.
The Royal Canadian Legion branches have been a strong supporter of their local cadet units for many years and in turn the cadet units have assisted their branches with the Poppy Campaign and other Remembrance activities.
Legions throughout BC in partnership with local cadet organizations and their sponsors, participate in the Legion Cadet Medal of Excellence Program. The Royal Canadian Legion Cadet Medal of Excellence is awarded annually to the cadet having shown a high degree of participation and leadership in the area of citizenship and in meeting and enhancing the aims and objectives of the cadet organization.
Many Canadians don't realize that the Legion is one of the largest supporters of community youth activities in the country. The Legion promotes Remembrance to the younger generation and works with schools and youth organizations to keep the memories of our Fallen Veterans alive. The Legion also supports youth leadership programs and and activities such as Cadets, Scouts and Guides and youth sports, helping build the next generation of leaders.