Veterans access legal help

Veterans, Canadian Forces members and their families can get help with disability benefits from Veterans Affairs Canada.

Veterans, Canadian Forces members and their families can get help with disability benefits from Veterans Affairs Canada.

“One of the things that makes Canada unique in the world is we provide legal services to ill and injured veterans and other applicants free of charge,” said Brian McKenna, executive director and chief pensions advocate of the Bureau of Pension Advocates. “There’s no reason why anyone seeking veterans’ benefits should have to pay for legal help.”

The bureau, which is celebrating its 40th year, is funded by Veterans Affairs Canada, but it is otherwise like any other private law firm.

Its legal services are free to a variety of potential clients, including war-service veterans, current and former members of the Canadian Forces, the RCMP, the Merchant Navy and their families.

In providing this service, the bureau also works closely with the Royal Canadian Legion, other veterans organizations and private lawyers to ensure the best representation possible.

For further information about the Bureau of Pensions Advocates, please go to www.veterans.gc.ca or call toll free at 1-877-228-2250.