Civilian Life

The Royal Canadian Legion understands that Veterans retiring from the military and RCMP many need help transitioning back to civilian life.

Legion Support for Veterans and their Families

Legion Service Officers initiate referrals to Canadian Armed Forces Transition Services for support with relocation and finding employment. Our Service Officer Network provides assistance with accessing Veterans Affairs Canada programs and benefits. For Veterans and their families in distress, the Legion can provide immediate, emergency financial support.

To speak with us about assistance in adjusting to civilian life, please contact your Command Service Officer.

Camaraderie and the Legion Community

Legion Branches offer support and camaraderie to Veterans and their families in their community. Currently serving and retired CAF members and their families are encouraged to get involved at their local Legion as a way to meet other Veterans and members and  get involved in your community.

Free Legion Membership for Retired Military

As part of our efforts to help Veterans transition to civilian life, the Legion, in cooperation with the Canadian Armed Forces Depart With Dignity Program, offers a free, one-year membership to all retired Forces members who are not yet a Legion member. This free membership, which includes a subscription to Legion Magazine and access to Legion Member Benefit programs, is one way we thank Veterans for their service, and provides Veterans with the opportunity to get to know the Legion.

As you move into a new phase of life, being a Legion member is a great way to stay connected to the military family, to honour and support those who served and sacrificed, and to strengthen your community. For those who want to be more involved in the Legion, you can transfer your membership to a local Legion Branch at any time. As a member of a Legion Branch, you have opportunities to volunteer in your community, add your voice to Legion advocacy efforts, become involved in leadership roles at your Branch, and help shape the Legion in your community and across the country.

Please complete the Retired Military Member at Large Application Form and return:

By mail:      Membership Section
86 Aird Place, Ottawa, ON K2L 0A1

By Fax:        613-591-9335

By Email:

Veterans Transition Network

Veterans having difficulties transitioning to civilian life can get the help they need through the Veterans Transition Network (VTN).

The VTN is a group-based residential program where Veterans help Veterans transition to civilian life. The program is made possible through a partnership between the University of British Columbia and the Legion.

For more information, visit VTN’s website.