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.

Canada is home to 461,240 Veterans

Veterans are 2-3x more likely to experience homelessness

1 in 5 Veterans are diagnosed with a mental health disorder

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.

Afghanistan War

Canadians displayed immense courage repeatedly in Afghanistan. Over 40,000 Canadian Armed Forces personnel served, with 138 soldiers losing their lives during the mission. Numerous other veterans suffered physical and psychological wounds, tragically resulting in further casualties due to suicide.

In addition to their military responsibilities, Canadian Armed Forces personnel actively engaged in various humanitarian efforts. These included building wells, repairing schools, and distributing medical and relief supplies, both as part of their official duties and through voluntary contributions.

International Peacekeeping

Canada has a rich history of participating in peacekeeping missions worldwide. Over 125,000 members of the Canadian Armed Forces have been involved in various international peacekeeping operations across numerous countries. Tragically, around 130 of these individuals have made the ultimate sacrifice, while many others have come back home bearing both physical and psychological scars.

The contributions made by Canadian peacekeepers are significant, yet the toll on these courageous individuals has been immense. They stand alongside the service members of previous generations who fought in the world wars, forming an integral part of our nation’s esteemed military legacy.

The Legion National Foundation’s Mission in Action.

We Support Veterans

Veterans’ Health
and Wellness

Scholarships & Bursaries for Veterans Families

We Honour Their Contribution

National Youth and Remembrance Contest

Pilgrimage of

“The transition [from military to civilian life] is like being on mars and coming back to earth.” – Canadian Veteran

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