The Royal Canadian
Legion's Definition of a Veteran
In its efforts to better reflect Canadian involvement in conflicts and peace
support operations, the Legion delegates at the 45th Dominion Convention voted
unanimously to update the definition of a Veteran contained in its General
The new definition of a Veteran in the Legion General By-Laws is now as follows:
A Veteran is any
person who is serving or has honourably served in the Canadian Armed Forces, the
Commonwealth or its wartime allies, or as a Regular Member of the Royal Canadian
Mounted Police, or as a Peace Officer in a Special Duty Area or on a Special
Duty Operation, or who has served in the Merchant Navy or Ferry Command during
EDMONTON, AB, June 16th 2014.
Benefits you may be entitled to are:
Disability Pension Program
Prisoner of War Compensation
Health Care Program
Your Health Care Identification Card
Veterans Independence Program
Merchant Navy Veterans - Services & Benefits
Last Post Fund
Funeral, Burial and Gravemarking Assistance
Refer to Veterans Services or Services aux anciens combattants at the Veterans Affairs Canada Web Site. Information about obtaining service records can be found at the bottom of this page.
Every Legion Branch has a Service Officer and/or Service Committee. You will be able to obtain information on all programs there and they can help you apply. See below for the list of contacts for Branches in Zone G-5.
The Royal Canadian Legion has 4 full time Service Officers in Ontario as well as Service Officers
throughout the rest of Canada to assist you.
To locate the nearest one in your area, check the list of Service Officers at the Dominion Command's Web Site in English or
86 Aird Place, Suite 222
Ottawa, ON K2L 0A1
Toll Free: 1-888-207-3703
Zone G-5 Service
Whether you are a Legion member or not, Legion Service is free to
Should you, or a member of your family, wish to obtain your service records, "Library and Archives Canada" should have the information you or they require. Priority service is given to people who require documentation to prove that they qualify for pensions, allowances, claims and other benefits. Note that there
may be a fee for obtaining the documentation. Read the instructions carefully before submitting any requests.
To check information and print applications for Military records - after 1918:
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