support for our veterans during the pandemic

                                   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

27 March 2020

Legion Branches, Ontario Command Continue to Support Veterans

The Royal Canadian Legion, Branches and Ladies’ Auxiliaries in Ontario Command continue to support our Veterans and their families through these trying times.

We understand that during this time of crisis there are needs and financial distress and we remind Veterans and their families that the Royal Canadian Legion is only an email away to assist. Our Provincial and Branch Service Officers will help in completing any applications for assistance free of charge.

Although our Branches and offices are closed to the public, we remain committed to provide the necessities for our Veterans. If any Veteran requires assistance they can contact their local Branch or contact direct to Ontario Command email  and if you provide your full contact information, someone will get back to you as soon as possible. We have Provincial staff, including Provincial Service Officers, working from home who are in contact with Veterans Affairs Canada on a daily basis.


For further information please contact email:, or as listed below for individual staff:

Veterans Hot Line – 437-228-4747

Homeless Veterans Program – and/or

Service Bureau (Aurora) –  and/or  
Service Bureau (North Bay) –  and/or  
Service Bureau (Kanata) –  and/or  
Service Bureau (London) –  and/or

89 Industrial Parkway North, Aurora Ont. L4G 4C4
437-228-4747  Fax 905-841-9992  

Veteran PTSD and Mental health

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Mental Health and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

The exceptional roles and responsibilities Canada’s military and RCMP members undertake while in service can lead to mental health difficulties. The Legion understands the toll serving for our country can have on individuals and we are here to offer our support. Though we cannot assist directly in the specialized area of mental health, the compassionate professionals from the Service Officer Network can assist you in finding the help you need. There are numerous programs and services available for Veterans and their families to get the help they deserve.  Do not suffer in silence, there is help.  We care.

Immediate, emergency help is available

* For an emergency or crisis situation, call 911 *

24 Hour Bilingual Telephone Support

The Employee Assistance Services of Health Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Canada, is a voluntary and confidential service to help serving and retired members (Regular Force, all Reserve Class Members, RCMP, Cadets, Veterans), their family members as well as primary caregivers, who have personal concerns that affect their personal well-being and/or work performance. 

  • Phone: 1-800-268-7708
  • For the hearing impaired, dial 1-800-567-5803 (TDD)

Family Information Line

The Family Information Line is a confidential, personal and bilingual service offering information, support, referrals, reassurance and crisis management to the military community. Trained Family Information Line Counsellors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist you.

  • Phone: 1-800-866-4546





Adjusting to civilian life

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

Legion Support for Veterans and their Families

The impact service has on military and RCMP Veterans often makes the transition back to civilian life challenging. The experience of life after release can be different and unique for each individual. In all cases there is a period of adjustment for the Veteran and their family. In some cases, this transition can impact physical and mental health, disrupt financial stability, impact relationships and families, and include addressing or managing physical or mental wounds from service.

Through all of the adjustments and challenges, the Legion is here to help. Our Professional Command Service Officers can assist you and your family in accessing immediate and long term supports and services:

...and more!  

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 and RCMP 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.

The Legion is pleased to provide Veterans that have retired from the Canadian Armed Forces within the last year with a free one-year Legion membership, including a subscription to Legion Magazine and access to the Member Benefit programs.




There are even more resources available to our veterans and their families - more than this website can hold.  Our veterans are all deserving for their sacrifices for their country.  Please click below to find the main page of the information linking to more information.

Wounded Warriors

"Wounded Warriors Canada is a national mental health service provider utilizing clinical best practices and evidence-based care to create an environment of compassion, resiliency and hope for Canada’s Veterans, First Responders and their families."  

Click on Find Out More (below)  (Not affiliated directly with the Legion)



What you need to know

Asbestos was an integral part of the military for much of the 20th century because of its ability to insulate and fireproof.  All branches of the armed forces used asbestos in the construction of ships, tanks, planes and barracks that were insulated with asbestos. During WWII there was intensive shipbuilding which was one of the deadliest occupations for asbestos exposure. Continued involvement in Korea, Gulf War, Afghanistan and military involvement with disasters in various parts of the world has also affected our veteran’s continued exposure to asbestos.  The disease’s latency period of between 20 and 50 years can account for the incidents of different forms of mesothelioma in our veterans.  For information about the disease, treatment and possible compensation, we have provided four websites for you to visit.  One of the sites, located in the U.S., is ready and willing to help our Canadian veterans and others affected by asbestos exposure to find the resources they need.  You can make a direct link with Lauren Johansmeyer, Public Outreach, at, Mesothelioma Center at