Our Service Officer is John Vanderelst

John Vanderelst 1John can help local Veterans:

  • Navigating VAC benefits
  • Assisting with claims
  • Assisting with disability claims
  • Assisting with accessing other programs and benefits
  • Getting medical aids such as walkers and wheelchairs

John can be contacted on 604-219-9727 or by email or the contact form on our contact page.

Legion Support Services

Founded by Veterans and for Veterans, the Legion is devoted to supporting the men and women who served our country and put their lives on the line for our freedoms and way of life. Here are a few ways that the Legion provides support to those that have served.

Assistance with Veterans Affairs Canada

If you or someone you know might be eligible for Veterans Affairs Canada benefits, we can help.

Adjusting to civilian life

Find the assistance and supports you need for the shift from service member to Veteran.

Financial assistance

Through generous donations, we can continue to help those who served.

Mental health and PTSD

The Legion is dedicated to supporting Veteran mental health initiatives.

Homeless Veterans

We help Veterans “Leave the Streets Behind” through programs across Canada.

Allied Veterans

We help Allied Veterans and their widows or widowers obtain financial assistance and support.

Support for Veterans


Legion Veteran Support Programs

The Royal Canadian Legion offers Veteran peer-to- peer support programs to encourage Veterans and their families to connect with others in their community in a supportive environment. Legion services for Veterans and their families are always free, and you do not have to be a Legion member to participate.

Here are just a few of Legion support initiatives.

BSO Legion OSI

bso-legion-osiThe Royal Canadian Legion Operational Stress Injury (Blessure de stress opérationnel) Special Section (BSO Legion OSI) is a national, member-driven initiative that provides outreach, peer-support, and referral services for Veterans and their families who are affected by operational stress injuries (OSIs) including anxiety, depression, addictions, PTSD or other mental health difficulties.

More details are in the BSO Legion OSI brochure.


Operation VetBuild

Legion VetbuildOperation VetBuild is an initiative led by the Legion’s Operational Stress Injury Special Section (Legion OSI) that uses hobbies, such as scale model-building kits, in a Veteran-to-Veteran support environment. Working alongside their peers, the activity offers Veterans an opportunity to learn a new skill, promote relaxation, improve concentration, reduce stress, and provide a sense of community to enhance wellbeing.

For more information on upcoming sessions and locations, visit the Operation VetBuild Facebook page.

Buddy Check Coffee

buddy-check-coffeeBuddy Check Coffee is a Veteran run peer program offering comradeship in a relaxed environment, encouraging Veterans to network and share experiences and stories... while sipping coffee. Led by the Legion’s Operational Stress Injury Special Section (Legion OSI) and hosted by Legion members, Buddy Check Coffee is helping Veterans in their community connect and support each other.

For more information on upcoming sessions and locations, please visit the Buddy Check Coffee Facebook page.

You'll find more support resources from other agencies here.

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