Schooling soldiers

Canada, military service and education go hand-in-hand. Every phase of a soldier’s training represents some form of education, of course. But that training is designed to build a successful army. What about preparing soldiers to succeed as civilians? In 1916, Canadian soldiers fighting at the front and training in England began to ask for...
  • A sign of service

    January 6, 2019 by Legion Magazine
    Last September, the federal government announced it is reinstating service cards for Canada’s veterans, following considerable demand from military members, veterans and veteran-support organizations. This is a very good and overdue move, but it could go further. The Veteran’s Service Card (VSC) is being issued...
  • A call to remember

    October 30, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    More than one million Canadians and Newfoundlanders served in the Second World War. More than 45,000 were killed and another 55,000 were wounded. Only 41,100 of them remained as of March 2017, according to Veterans Affairs Canada. Nearly all are now in their 90s. Many,...
  • Hearing-loss aid improved

    September 7, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    Hearing loss and tinnitus are common disabilities among veterans, and understandably so. Continuous exposure to loud noise—the whomp of a 25-pounder Howitzer, the rat-a-tat-tat of an M1919 Browning, the engine-room clatter of a frigate, the roar of a CF-18—all can have an irreversible impact on...
  • Care for caregivers

    July 9, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    She is 88 years old. Her 93-year-old husband of 67 years is a veteran of the Second World War. Due to hearing loss attributable to his service, he receives a disability pension and other benefits under the Pension Act. They still live in their home....
  • Grave situation

    May 1, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    Is there anything more venerable than a soldier’s grave? Dying in the service of your country is the ultimate sacrifice, and it warrants the most respectful recognition. In Canada, as in most countries, the government is responsible for funerals and burials for those killed in military...
  • Breathing life back into the charter

    March 5, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    The Pension for Life plan introduced by Veterans Affairs Canada in December is based on three programs: a monthly tax-free payment to recognize pain and suffering caused by a service-related illness or injury; income replacement for veterans experiencing trouble returning to the workforce; and a...
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