A Time to Remember, A Time To Give

On November 11, Canadians will pause at 11:00 o’clock to remember the fallen men and women who lost their lives in wars dating back to the First World War. Remembrance Day is a time to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for all Canadians to continue to enjoy the freedoms we value.

As we all remember the heroic service of our fallen military, let us reflect on the ongoing support many of our veterans and their families need today.

This is also a time to give.

The organizations listed below represent a number of ways you and your family can support veterans and their families. By visiting the websites you can learn about the tremendous work being done across Canada and how you can be a part of this special support network.

The Royal Canadian Legion is Canada’s largest Veteran support and community service organization. Our more than 300,000 members in over 1400 Branches across Canada make a difference in the lives of Veterans and their families, provide essential services within our communities, and Remember the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our Country.

Wounded Warriors Canada – To honour and support Canada’s ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans, First Responders and their families.

Vets Canada is committed to helping homeless and at-risk veterans reintegrate into civilian life.

Canadian Legacy Project  was created because many of our Canadian veterans are living in poverty and do not have the basic necessities in food, clothing and shelter. The Canadian Legacy Project was developed to be an organization that advocates for our veterans and support them by creating programs and events to help improve their everyday lives.

True Patriot Love is a national fundraising organization. Part of this effort entails working with the constellation of other charitable organizations that provide philanthropic services to our military men and women. While many of these charities excel at program delivery; we, in turn excel at fundraising. Rather than granting funds to individuals or families, we are an umbrella organization that directs funds to the military charities that have the infrastructure and expertise to deliver focused programming.

Veterans Transition Network mission is to make sure no Canadian Veteran is left suffering in isolation. VTN focuses on delivery of transition courses in the areas of career, family, PTSD and learning about accessible, available resources.

Disabled Veterans Support Canada provides a variety of supports to veterans, notably: Entertain veterans in hospitals, veteran centers, nursing homes, with professional entertainers: promote employment for veterans, Help to send veterans to summer camps; arrange hospital visits for lonely and neglected veterans; help to raise awareness of PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) affecting veterans; support shelters for the homeless and destitute, including veterans; and liaise and work together with other organizations to support programs for veterans and seniors.

The War Amps – A philosophy of “amputees helping amputees” has been the hallmark of The War Amps since 1918, when the organization was founded by amputee war veterans returning home from the First World War. Peer support, self-help and practical assistance are common threads that have been retained in the modern-day organization that developed from their efforts. Today, the Association continues to serve war amputees, and all Canadian amputees, including children.

The Canadian Hero Fund is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting Canadian military personnel and their families. As a national civilian charity, the Canadian Hero Fund raises money through community, grassroots efforts and acts as a conduit for all Canadians to show their support and care for military families and their sacrifice. The initial project of the Canadian Hero Fund is to provide post-secondary scholarships to the children and spouses of fallen Canadian soldiers. Scholarships awarded by the Fund help finance post-secondary education at government-accredited universities, colleges and technical schools.

* The organization descriptions are sourced from the respective charity websites. For more information please click the links above.

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