Nobody Fights Alone – Leaving the Streets Behind

Leaving the Streets Behind

Dear Members of the Association,

Sgt. Kim Hendricken, the RCMP/VAC Liaison officer has provided a link to a webpage describing a new project of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Toronto Police Service (TPS), Royal Canadian Legion (RCL) and Veterans’ Affairs Canada (VAC).

The project describes itself as designed to identify and respectfully engage a homeless veteran.

President Glenn asked that this message be distributed across the Association. This project certainly blends nicely with the ever-increasing involvement of our Divisions in good works in their local communities and the skill sets acquired in the Force that can be applied in the situations described in this project.

Included in this message is the text of the webpage and links to the media launch video

The webpage itself may be viewed here.

The article follows.

James Forrest
Director of Communications
RCMP Veterans’ Association

From November 5-11, Veterans’ Week, we honour those who have served Canada, past and present, in times of war, military conflict and peace. As we remember and reflect on the past, we also look to our future. The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is partnering with the Toronto Police Service (TPS), Royal Canadian Legion and Veteran Affairs Canada to educate police members on how to identify and respectfully engage a homeless veteran.

This includes knowing what to look for with respect to a veteran’s clothing, tattoos, medals, memorabilia, uniforms and photographs. It also includes what type of questions to ask a veteran and understanding military culture.

When a homeless veteran is identified, the police member will complete a Request for Assistance form. It is then sent to Veteran Affairs Canada and to the Royal Canadian Legion to verify the veteran’s service to better understand their present situation. Once complete, the Legion will determine the immediate needs of the veteran and take the appropriate action to meet those needs such as food, clothing and shelter.

This program is referred to as Operation: Leave the Streets Behind. It was developed in 2009 by The Royal Canadian Legion in partnership with Veteran Affairs Canada to assist homeless veterans and those at risk of homelessness. As of September 2020, since the beginning of the program’s inception, more than 893 homeless veterans have been identified in 173 towns.

This partnership is important as it will help to strengthen our capacity to identify and connect with homeless veterans to help them achieve their optimal well-being.

Below is a media launch video that includes words from all of our partners:

Operation Leave The Streets Behind

ABOUT: Operation: Leave the Streets Behind

Operation: Leave the Streets Behind is a program developed in 2009 by The Royal Canadian Legion in partnership with Veteran Affairs Canada to identify and assist homeless Veterans and those at-risk of homelessness. Operation: Leave the Streets Behind has assisted nearly 691 homeless veterans in finding new apartments, providing dental work, clothing, and assisting with education requirements.

For more information visit: or call 1-905-841-7999 or toll free 1-888-207-0939.



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