The Royal Canadian Legion Service Bureau can assist those who have served their country in the Armed Forces with replacing lost or stolen medals or by obtaining ones for which there was entitlement but which were never issued.
Military medals and awards are not topics that normally come to mind when considering help that service officers of The Royal Canadian Legion can provide to those who have served their country in the Armed Forces. However, recently Dominion Command has appointed a Medals Adviser. Major (Retired) W.E. (Gary) Campbell, a former member of the Canadian Army (Militia), Canadian Army (Regular) and the Canadian Armed Forces, is assisting those who have had problems replacing lost or stolen medals or obtaining ones for which there was entitlement but which were never issued.
How do I get replacement medals?
If you are a Veteran looking for your own medals, you can call Veterans Affairs Canada, Honours & Awards Section at 1-877-995-5003.
When a Veteran is deceased, relatives must ask for an application form for the medals. VAC awards medals to men and women who served in the First World War, the Second World War, and the Korean War only.
If you served with the Canadian Merchant Navy, call the Merchant Navy Registry in Charlottetown at 1-888-289-8512.
If you served after the Korean War, you must call National Defence at 1-877-741-8332 for medals such as: Canadian Forces Decorations, United Nations Medal for Emergency Force, Egypt, Peace Keeping Medal, or the Special Service Medal.
If you have tried to obtain replacements or entitlement and have run up against a stumbling block, you may wish to send a letter through your branch or provincial command service officer to Dominion Command to the attention of the Medals Adviser.