Transition to civilian life
The experience of life after release is different and unique for each Veteran. Some voluntarily leave after a short period of service, some are single, some have young families, and some are in need of employment. Others retire after 30 or 35 years of service; they have grown families and financial security. Some members are medically released due to injury from service to their country, and they must make this transition through this very difficult period of time and under difficult circumstances. The Royal Canadian Legion has been advocating for improvements in services and supports for Veterans transitioning to civilian life.
Primary advocacy position(s) on this issue:
- Military members seriously disabled as a result of service should not be medically released until they are in stable condition; their medical records are transferred to Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) and they have been assigned a VAC Case Manager.