Language selection


Search veterans.gc.ca

8.0 Afghanistan Veterans

The Canadian flag was lowered for the last time in Afghanistan on March 12, 2014. This mission involved the deployment of more than 40,000 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel—the largest deployment since the Second World War.

The following tables provide demographic details regarding Afghanistan Veterans (including RCMP) in receipt of Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) benefits and services.

Table 8.1 Afghanistan Deployed Members (Unique)

Service Type As of March 2014
Regular Forces Members 34,640
Primary Reserves Members 5,386
Total Members 40,026

Source: Canadian Armed Forces - Strategic Joint Staff, Deployment Data 2001-2013, March 31, 2014

Table 8.2 Afghanistan Veterans (including RCMP) in Receipt of VAC Benefits

Afghanistan Veterans Actuals as of March 31, 2021 % of CAF Veteran Population YTD
Dec 2021
2016–17 2017–18 2018–19 2019–20 2020–21
Afghanistan Service IdentifiedFootnote 1 14,978 16,432 17,802 19,368 21,540 4% 22,987
Veterans in receipt of Disability Benefits related to Afghanistan ServiceFootnote 2 (included in above total) 9,357 10,551 11,645 12,659 13,735 2% 14,699

Source: Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Services Branch

Table 8.3 Afghanistan Veterans (including RCMP) by Age – December 2021

Age Afghanistan Service
IdentifiedFootnote 1
% by Age Veterans in receipt of Disability
Benefits related to AfghanistanFootnote 2
% by Age
Under 30 8 0% 3 0%
30 to 39 5,184 23% 3,781 26%
40 to 49 7,621 33% 5,072 35%
50 or more 10,174 44% 5,843 40%
Total 22,987 100% 14,699 100%

Source: Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Services Branch

Table 8.4 Afghanistan Veterans in Receipt of Disability BenefitsFootnote 3 by Disability Class – December 2021

Disability Class Percentage Disability Pension & Awards Percentage
78% and above 4,264 29%
53% to 77% 3,729 25%
28% to 52% 3,743 25%
5% to 27% 2,769 19%
1% to 4% 194 1%
Entitlement Only 0 0%
Total 14,699 100%

Source: Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Services Branch

Table 8.5 Afghanistan Veterans in Receipt of Disability BenefitsFootnote 4 – Mental Health Conditions

Afghanistan Veterans in Receipt of Disability Benefits March 2018 March 2019 March 2020 March 2021 YTD
Dec 2021
For Mental Health Conditions 6,732 7,578 8,334 9,260 10,203
For Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 5,598 6,219 6,837 7,543 8,296

Source: Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Services Branch

Table 8.6 Afghanistan Veterans – Quick Facts – December 2021

  • 73% of deployed members had 1 tour of Afghanistan, 21% had 2 tours and 6% had 3 or more.
  • 90% of Afghanistan deployed members were males, 10% females.
  • 19% of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Veterans in receipt of VAC benefits have Afghanistan Service.
  • 13% of CAF Veterans in receipt of VAC benefits have a disability benefit related to service in Afghanistan.
  • 69% of CAF Veterans, with a disability benefit related to service in Afghanistan, are in receipt of a VAC pension/award for a Mental Health condition.
  • 56% of CAF Veterans, with a disability benefit related to service in Afghanistan, are in receipt of a VAC pension/award for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
  • 25% of members deployed to Afghanistan, are in receipt of a VAC pension/award for a mental health condition related to their service in Afghanistan.
  • 21% of members deployed to Afghanistan, are in receipt of a VAC pension/award for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) related to their service in Afghanistan.

Source: Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Services Branch

Date modified: