The findings in the recent Parliamentary Budget Officer Report, The cost differential between three regimes of Veterans Benefits, causes The Royal Canadian Legion great concern. The report indicates Veterans, specifically those most seriously ill and injured, will receive less financial compensation than is provided under the current Veterans Well-being Act. The Legion has long said the most seriously ill and injured Veterans, those who are unable to work and whose quality o
With the latest change in leadership at Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC), The Royal Canadian Legion remains increasingly concerned that the Canadian government is not duly focused on the needs of our Veterans and that no one really has full focus on this portfolio. The time has arrived for the Canadian government to create one department, joining VAC and the Department of National Defence (DND) to ensure our Veterans are taken care of from recruitment into retirement. We have wi
This is an opinion piece authored by Nujma Bond, Manager, Communications, The Royal Canadian Legion National Headquarters and Patrick Dion, Past Vice Chair, The Mental Health Commission of Canada. A shorter version appeared in The Ottawa Citizen on January 28, 2019. When Canadian Lieutenant-Colonel Stéphane Grenier was dispatched to Rwanda to support the 1994 UN peacekeeping effort, he was hardly a novice. He knew what he might face and was no stranger to difficult experience
For The Royal Canadian Legion and Veterans across Canada, Remembrance Day is an essential date on the calendar.
The period leading up to November 11 brings Canadians from across the country together to honour and reflect on the Veterans who made sacrifices for our freedoms.
But the need to support Veterans doesn’t stop when the last wreath is placed on Remembrance Day.
From helping with housing, to providing emergency assistance, to ensuring the ill and injured get the
Anita Cenerini's son, Private Thomas Welch died on May 8, 2004. His death is marked as the first death by suicide of a Canadian Soldier after returning home from the Afghanistan mission. As Canada’s National Silver Cross Mother, Mrs. Cenerini shares her thoughts on mental health. As the conversation around mental health heightens this week, I hope Canadians will think and talk about some important things: the need to fight stigma and the need to support those who face difficu