Canada, it was their duty to protect us, now it’s our duty to help them.
Military members, Veterans and their families need our support.
On occasions like Remembrance Day, Canadians come together to honour the contributions and sacrifices of our many brave soldiers and Veterans. But, often, as the poppies worn over our hearts begin to disappear, so does the attention to the ongoing service-related challenges of our nation’s military community.
When these brave individuals are abroad, they are sustained and inspired by support from home. However, it is often the support they receive when they return home that is even more critical. Many of our soldiers are returning to a society that is ill-equipped to support them – a society that will never truly understand the stress of service and the atrocities of a war zone, nor the long-lasting impact on them and their families.
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Together, this is our Mission.
As Canadians, we need to harness the passion we feel for our military and Veteran families on November 11th, and find ways to express it throughout the year.
Currently there are over 639,900 Veterans and families in Canada. Every year, about 5,000 military personnel leave the service and join them.
63,000 regular force military families are posted in Canada, with more than half under the age of 35 and half with children.
639,900 Veterans and their families currently live in Canada, many of whom are impacted by challenges related to transitioning to civilian life.
2,500 military personnel are medically released each year, with approximately 700 spouses and 900 children also impacted.
60% of medically released military personnel have permanent physical limitations.
13% of CAF personnel were diagnosed with a mental disorder attributable to Afghanistan deployment four years later.
Children from military families experience double the rate of mental health issues compared to children from civilian families.
When they’re strong, we’re stronger.
All Canadians can help change the lives of these brave individuals. We work to ensure that military members, Veterans and their families receive the support they need when they need it.