Veterans Services - We Stand for You !
The Legion Service Bureau Network serves Veterans, members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), RCMP, and their families by representing their interests with Veterans Affairs Canada and the Veterans Review and Appeal Board for disability benefits under the Pension Act or the New Veterans Charter. The Legion’s professional Command Service Officers are mandated by legislation to provide representation, advocacy and financial assistance free of charge, Legion member or not.
Here is a brief overview of some of the services and assistance that are available to our greatest resource you our valued Veterans.
For additional information or to contact the Service Officer directly, please call us at the branch (705) 426-7852 or email us here in confidence.
Assistance for Veterans
Through a wide variety of programs and services we are able to ensure that those who are eligible receive the benefits that they deserve. If you believe someone you know or yourself may be eligible, we can help !
Each year we are able to offer financial assistance and a number of other services and programs to Veterans and their families thanks to the money raised during the Poppy Campaign. Through the generous donations of Canadians everywhere, the Poppy Trust Fund continues to help those we acknowledge through Remembrance.
Outreach and Visitation
The Royal Canadian Legion has been awarded the Outreach and Visitation Initiative (OVI) contract from Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC). This initiative replaces the Long Term Care Surveyor Program.
VAC currently supports more than 7,000 Veterans in approximately 1,500 facilities and does not have the available resources to conduct visits with a large number of Veterans in long term care without a contractual agreement in place. As of October, 2014, the Royal Canadian Legion Dominion Command volunteer network will conduct 8,000 visits to Veterans who are receiving financial assistance from VAC for long term care.
This initiative will facilitate face to face visits with Veterans, providing them with an opportunity to have a conversation and a social visit with a Legion volunteer and to raise concerns or identify needs that might be addressed by VAC or the Legion. As of April, 2015 there will be 109 volunteers who will have successfully completed an OVI training package and been Government of Canada security screened.
Funerals and Burials
The Last Post Fund’s primary mandate is to deliver the Veterans Affairs Canada Funeral and Burial Program which provides funeral, burial and grave marking benefits for eligible Canadian and Allied Veterans. Its mission is to ensure that no Veteran is denied a dignified funeral and burial, as well as a military gravestone, due to insufficient funds at time of death.