A Saskatchewan veteran who advocates for promoting awareness of PTSD believes the Legion needs to adapt to stay vital.
Alan Stephen of Regina has the greatest respect for the Royal Canadian Legion, but believes it needs to evolve to be more inclusive for new veterans
“A 22 year-old veteran of the Afghan war needs to be seen as an equal to a WWII veteran,”Stephen says. “The Legion needs to be welcoming, it needs to be warm, and sort of provide that social atmosphere and assistance to that veteran.”
Stephen says he believes it is beginning to evolve.
“I think you’re going to see that evolve where the Legions have WiFi, where the Legions have large-screen TV’s,” Stephen says. “Where they may take more of a sports-like bar, and more of an outdoor adventure activities as the veteran of today moves into the Legion.”
Stephen suggests that possibly the Legion could become involved with the transition back to civilian life, in particular with those dealing with mental health and addictions issues, or for those looking for civilian employment.