Behind every veteran is a story of dedication
Canadian Veterans made sacrifices for their families, their country and every one of us.
They made personal sacrifices too.
32% of Canadian Veterans face significant difficulties transitioning from military service to civilian life — putting them at risk of mental illness, addictions and homelessness.*
The Legion National Foundation is dedicated to serving Canadian Veterans.
The Legion National Foundation, in association with The Royal Canadian Legion, works at the national level to support initiatives that positively impact the wellbeing and quality of life of Canada’s Veterans and their families.
And we rely on your support.
First World War
Throughout the First World War, over 66,000 Canadian Veterans gave their lives, and more than 172,000 returned with wounds – both visible and unseen. Countless soldiers returned unscathed physically but returned home bearing the mental traumas of war. Their unwavering courage and sacrifice symbolize the enduring strength, resilience and character of Canada.
Second World War
During the Second World War, over a million Canadians and Newfoundlanders served both at home and abroad. More than 45,000 of these courageous men and women gave their lives, and an additional 55,000 returned wounded. The sacrifices made by Veterans, both physically and mentally, are inscribed in the legacy and the heart of our nation.
The Korean War
Over 26,000 Canadian Veterans served valiantly throughout the bitter conflict that is the Korean War. Tragically, 516 of these brave souls did not return, and many returned carrying both pride and traumas for their service. Although often seen as a forgotten war, this conflict is an important chapter in Canada’s military heritage.
Canadians demonstrated great bravery time and again in Afghanistan.
More than 40,000 members of the Canadian Armed Forces served, and 158 Canadian soldiers died during the Afghanistan mission. Thousands of other veterans of the war were wounded physically and psychologically, leading to additional deaths by suicide.
In addition to their military activities, Canadian Armed Forces members engaged in many humanitarian efforts like digging wells, rebuilding schools, and distributing medical and relief supplies, both as part of their official mission and on a volunteer basis
Canada has a long history of serving in support of peace efforts around the world.
More than 125,000 CAF members have served in international peacekeeping efforts in dozens of countries over the decades. Approximately 130 of them have lost their lives and many more have returned home with physical and psychological wounds.
Canadian peacekeepers have made great contributions, but their sacrifices have been heavy. These brave individuals take their honoured place in our country’s proud military history beside the service members of past generations who took part in the world wars.
The Legion National Foundation’s Mission in Action.
We Support Veterans
Scholarships & Bursaries for Veterans Families
We Honour Their Contribution
National Youth and Remembrance Contest
“The transition [from military to civilian life] is like being on mars and coming back to earth.” – Canadian Veteran
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