Veterans Among Us 2013

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WHAT: Veterans Among Us

WHERE: Across Canada

WHEN: 1 & 30 November

WHO: All who have served in the Canadian Forces and RCMP

HOW: By wearing medals, insignia, badges, pins, or anything else that visibly shows you to be a veteran

WHY: To show civilians how many veterans there are, so that they will pay attention to veterans issues and help solve problems.

1 in 35 Canadians is a veteran of the Forces or RCMP, yet many people do not realize they know veterans. Veterans can be reluctant to discuss their service with those outside the military/mounted communities. While people living near bases may be more aware, those in larger centres or away from bases probably don’t know much about the contributions made by veterans. It is also normal for people to ignore news which is not connected to their life. For that matter, when people hear ‘veteran’, many still think of old men in wheelchairs on Remembrance Day – and not the reality of who veterans are.

Veterans Among Us is designed to change that.

By participating, veterans will be helping citizens to understand that veterans are male and female, from all parts of Canada’s cultural mosaic, and are all around them, all the time. It will promote knowledge and understanding of veterans issues in a non-political, non-confrontational way. Instead of elderly men, people will start seeing their friends, neighbours, co-workers, whenever they hear the word ‘veteran’. It will give individual Canadians the chance to say thanks, to ask questions about your service, and to find out about how we are treating you.

Join the event.

For the latest press release, click here.

For more info, including sounds and images, click here.


Want to join in, but have nothing to wear? No problem. You can indicate your service to Canada by purchasing one of these finely crafted I SERVED / J’AI SERVI LE / CANADA lapel pins from Joe Drouin. Designed in consultation with Colonel Pat Stogran and Our Duty, this 1″ pin features the stylized maple leaf once worn by the Canadian Airborne Regiment. Show your service all year round!



  1. Jean-Francois Coulombe says:

    I am a Veteran of United Nations and NATO by serving 2 tours in the Balkans, 1 for UNPROFOR and anoter for IFOR and also a Cold War Vet from 1986 to 1991 in Germany.

  2. Alain Chatigny says:

    I served for 28 years in the Navy from 1969 to 1997.Some of my tours were 2 STANAVFORLANT, 1 UNDOF and various exercises linked with NATO.

  3. Ron Thistle says:

    I served for 36+ years with the Navy from 1972 to 2008. I served aboard 7 ships and did several STANAVFORLANT, OP Friction, OP Sharp Guard and OP Active Endeavor

  4. Hello. I am a former Native community worker. I have worked at a traditional native healing lodge, helping those who struggle with post traumatic stress. I am also qualified as a Tai Chi instructor [32 yrs.]I would like to apply my talents and abilities to help soldiers with post traumatic stress. I have a comprehensive program which has been proven effective. How can I get in touch with those who need this help? Please contact me at 519 798 1114. Thank you.

  5. D. Knight says:

    I served almost six years in the CF Primary Reserve, was awarded Para wings at CABC and qualified at Jr. NCO school (infantry), run by 2 PPCLI (Winnipeg). I was honorably released from the CF in 1984. I was awarded – after ten years of fighting – $160 per month from VAC for injuries sustained in CF service during the Cold War. I am a Veteran of the Cold War, that distinction having been put to me by friends living in the United States of America (not Canada). My “honorable” Canadian federal government – as a result of my distinguished service – placed me on a “National Security Threat” List – contrary to the Canadian Human Rights Act and The Criminal Code of Canada – and further, that government actively prevented me from working at any and all vocation, occupation and profession in Canada. As an illegal alien living in the USA, I was promptly offered a job and a generous amount of dignity, once the US-based employer learned I was a Cold War Veteran.

    *#@” Canada!

  6. G. Kofoed says:

    Cold War veteran, served from 1976 to 1999, during some of the rough years when the military wasn’t well regarded or looked after by successive governments, but increasingly tasked with missions that stretched the resources of both men and materiel. It’s my hope that Mr. Trudeau can right that wrong and bring Canada’s military back to the forefront as a peace-keeping force ready to go anywhere in the world to ensure the safety of innocents.

  7. Barry says:

    Cold war vet. With 1st Sigs in Kingston, 1979 to 1984. Not considered a vet by feds, barely by legion. I find legion only cosiders ww2,Korean, and Afgan vets, as vets..
    We deserve a medal and recognition just like anyone else. We won.

  8. Keith Brewer says:

    Service to Canada 1959 to 1969 RC-Sigs. Two special service tours and Cold War Veteran with various exercises with NATO… 1964-65 UNEF Egypt, 1967 UNCYP Cyprus. As a avid volunteer taking care of veterans Needs.

  9. Don campbell says:

    RCN 84-88 . Electronic warfare. Hunt, detect, identifie , engage!

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