Legion and it's more than 320,000 members have a long
tradition of Veterans helping Veterans. After WW1,
Veterans identified a need to meet with other Veterans in
an informal atmosphere. They wanted a place where they
could go without fear of being judged or stigmatized and
could relate with each other following their deployment
experiences whether in Canada or overseas. In 1926, they
realized the power in numbers and banded together to
create The Royal Canadian Legion.
The challenges facing Veterans, both Veterans, both
while serving and after release, are widespread and have
uniquely developed through the roles and responsibilities
they take on while in service. Some Canadian Armed
Forces and RCMP members may have suffered grave wounds,
loss of colleagues and friends, operational stress
injuries, mental health challenges and difficulties
transitioning to civilian life. These challenges are
not new to our service men and can persist well beyond
their years of service. Yet it is from these
challenges that the Legion was first formed in 1926 and to
this day, it is the reason the Legion continues to help.
Together they formed an association where all Veterans
could come together and advocate on each otherís behalf.
This is as true of the Legion today as it was in 1926.
It was founded on the need for Veterans to bring their
collective voice forward and for it to be heard.
They came together because they fought together.
one of the biggest challenges in the Veteran community is
getting information and assistance to those who need it.
Our local Legion Branches are the boots-on-the-ground
connection to Veterans and their families. Now more
than ever, we need to reach out to Veterans, their
families and our communities.
There is a Branch Service Officer in more than 1460
branches across Canada who reach out to their local
Veteran community, refer them to the services available to
them and ultimately connect them to the visiting
Veteransí Affairs representative. Our members
proactively reach out to the community at large and
encourage Veterans to participate in public activities
while welcoming all generations of Veterans into the fold.
Our newer Veterans can gain valuable insight and
camaraderie from an older generation of Veterans and share
in similar experiences across the years. All are
welcomed with open arms. The Legion is a Veteranís
extended military family because we understand Veterans
and we care for them.