September 11, 2018 – The Minister of National Defence and the Minister of Veterans Affairs announced that the new Veteran’s Service Cards will be distributed to former and releasing Canadian Armed Forces members who completed basic training and have been honorably released.
The new Veteran’s Service Card will provide a tangible symbol of recognition for former members, encourage an enduring affiliation with the Canadian Armed Forces and ensure linkages to Veterans Affairs Canada support programs as members transition to post-service life.
The new Veteran’s Service Card will be distributed in stages beginning in September, 2018. The first stage includes all newly releasing Canadian Armed Forces members.
Interested Veterans who released from the Canadian Armed Forces between April 1, 2016 and September, 2018 can apply for the card during stage two beginning in December 2018.
The third stage will begin Summer 2019, and will see cards produced and issued upon request, to all eligible Veterans released prior to February 2016.