Who is a Veteran?

A solid understanding of the almost 800,000 Veterans and other eligible clients for which our Department exists to serve is paramount to delivering on our mandate and achieving our vision.

The term “Veteran” includes Canada’s war service Veterans – the men and women who served during the First World War, Second World War and the Korean War – and also encompasses the former Canadian Forces members in recognition of their service to Canada, for example, in International Peace-Keeping missions and other modern day operations.

Veterans Affairs’ family of clients also extends beyond Veterans, to include still serving CF members, past and present members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, their survivors and dependents, as well as certain allied Veterans and eligible civilians. On a broader scale, the citizens of Canada are also our clients. VAC’s Canada Remembers Program, in its endeavours to keep alive the achievements and sacrifices made by those who served Canada in times of war and peace, reaches out to Canadians and their communities both nationally and internationally. This includes youth, educators, and indeed all Canadians who enjoy the heritage of freedom that is the legacy of those who served our country in times of war and peace.

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