Free representation available to veterans

March 1, 2019 by Legion Magazine

Did you know service officers care and can help you, and it will cost you nothing?

Yes, that is true, free of charge. The Royal Canadian Legion’s Veterans Services Network service officers can assist and represent still-serving Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members, veterans, RCMP members and their families regarding disability claims or related issues with Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) and the Veterans Review and Appeal Board (VRAB). We provide free professional counselling and representation services at all levels of the disability claim process under the Pension Act or the Veterans Well-being Act.

Our professional Legion command service officers provide these services free of charge, whether or not you are a member of the Legion. Our representation role is mandated through legislation. If you would like assistance in preparing your first application to VAC or representation with an appeal to the VRAB, a command service officer can assist you. We support all who have worn the uniform, including those who are still serving.

Do you need financial assistance?

As well, financial assistance is available for all serving and former CAF and RCMP members and their families who are in distress or have a clear financial need. Grants are available for food, heating costs, clothing, prescription medication, medical appliances or equipment, essential home repairs and emergency shelter or assistance.

If you would like Legion assistance in obtaining VAC disability benefits and services or Legion benevolent assistance, or if you have a friend or family member who needs help, please call 613-591-3335 or toll-free 1-877-534-4666 to speak with a service officer in the Royal Canadian Legion Veterans Services Network. You can also e-mail us at veteransservices@legion.ca or you can contact a command service officer in your province at www.legion.ca/we-can-help/contact-a-service-officer.

The Legion is pleased to offer currently serving and retired CAF and RCMP members with a free one-year Legion membership, including a subscription to Legion Magazine and access to the Member Benefits Package programs. Our Veteran Welcome Program, available to all veterans who have not yet joined the Legion, is a great way to get to know the organization. To apply, please complete the Veteran Welcome Program registration form at www.legion.ca/welcome.

We care for veterans of all ages and their families for free.


Serving You is written by Legion command service officers. To reach a service officer, call toll-free 1-877-534-4666, or consult a command website.

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