The Royal Canadian Legion and VETS Canada Launch National Partnership to Promote Support Services for Canada’s Veterans

May 5, 2015

OTTAWA, ON, May 5th, 2015–The Royal Canadian Legion, in collaboration with Veterans Emergency Transition Service Canada (VETS) will launch a national awareness campaign focused on highlighting the support services aimed at assisting at-risk and in-crisis Veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) available at Royal Canadian Legion Branches across Canada.

“The goal of this partnership is to reach out to Veterans across Canada to ensure they have access to the benefits and services they deserve. Working with VETS Canada provides us with another option to outreach and connect with Veterans and their families,” says Eagles.

“We are excited to be working with The Royal Canadian Legion on this important awareness Campaign. Our partnership and cooperation with the Legion will enhance our ability to reach out to at risk and in-crisis Veterans from coast to coast and will help us match them up with the services they need to help get them back on their feet,” says Debbie Lowther, President and Co-Founder of Vets Canada.

Lowther says, “One of our core missions at VETS Canada is to help get Veterans off the streets, out of shelters and into affordable housing when available. We also help connect Veterans with the health care they need, help them access benefits and services from organizations such as The Royal Canadian Legion and support them in finding stable employment.”

The Royal Canadian Legion’s Service Bureau Network Service Officers can assist and represent still serving CF 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).

Legion Service Officers provide professional counseling and representation services at all stages of the disability adjudication process under the Pension Act or the Canadian Forces Members and Veterans Re-establishment and Compensation Act, commonly referred to as the New Veterans Charter.

Professional Legion Service Officers provide these services free of charge, whether or not the individual is a member of the Legion. The Legion’s representation role is unique in Canada in that it is mandated through legislation. Individuals, who would like assistance in preparing their firstapplication to VAC or representation with an appeal to VRAB, may receive assistance from The RoyalCanadian Legion Service Officer at any stage in the disability adjudication. The Legion Service Bureau supports all who have worn the uniform and those who are wearing the uniform.

The Legion has local branches in every region nation-wide. Through this national partnership, the Legion and VETS Canada will be informing Canada’s new era of Veterans that the Legion in their community is there to help.

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For further information please contact Bruce Poulin at Dominion Command, The Royal Canadian Legion, at 1-613-591-3335 ext. 241 or by cell at 1-613-292-8760 or bruce.poulin@legion.ca.

For further information on VETS Canada please contact Debbie Lowther at 1-888-228-3871 ext. 131 or debbie.lowther@vetscanada.org