Military and RCMP families

Military and RCMP families are the strength behind the men and women who serve, and they face unique challenges. Support for families is crucial and allow those who serve to deploy on operations safe in the knowledge that their spouse and children will receive the help required when needed. Families also play an important role in the reintegration of a service member following a deployment. When issues arise, it is usually a family member who senses it first and calls out for assistance. Families deserve our full attention as they are an integral component of the overall military family. The Royal Canadian Legion stands behind the families of all who serve, and we advocate for their care and benefits.

Primary advocacy position(s) on this issue:

  • Reinstate the Relief Benefit for families caring for a disabled Veteran.
  • Provide greater education, counselling, and training for families who are providing care and support to Veterans living with physical and/or mental health issues as a result of their service.
  • Expand the Military/Veteran Family Services Pilot Program to all Military Family Resource Centres and make available to all Veterans and their families.
  • When the surviving spouse applies for the VIP benefit that was not in place prior to the Veteran's death, due consideration must be given by VAC and the benefit of doubt be applied in each individual case to assist the surviving spouse to remain at home and in the community. 
  • When the surviving spouse declines the VIP benefit that was in place prior to the Veterans’ death, the VIP benefit should be held in suspension until the widow requires the VIP benefit to assist the surviving spouse to remain at home and in the community.