9.0 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 9.1 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 9.2 Afghanistan Veterans (including RCMP) in Receipt of VAC Benefits

Actuals for fiscal years 2013 to 2018 as of March 31, 2018
Afghanistan Veterans 2013–14 2014–15 2015–16 2016–17 2017–18 YTD
Dec 2018
% of CAF Veteran Population
Afghanistan Service IdentifiedFootnote 1 10,459 11,909 13,583 14,978 16,432 17,412 3%
Veterans in receipt of Disability Benefits related to Afghanistan ServiceFootnote 2 (included in above total) 6,376 7,293 8,339 9,357 10,551 11,380 2%

Source: Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Services Branch

Table 9.3 Afghanistan Veterans (including RCMP) by Age – December 2018

Age Afghanistan Service
IdentifiedFootnote 1
% by Age Veterans in receipt of Disability
Benefits related to AfghanistanFootnote 2
% by Age
Under 30 349 2% 261 2%
30 to 39 4,896 28% 3,733 33%
40 to 49 5,782 33% 3,837 34%
50 or more 6,385 37% 3,549 31%
Total 17,412 100% 11,380 100%

Source: Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Services Branch

Table 9.4 Afghanistan Veterans in Receipt of Disability BenefitsFootnote 3 by Disability Class – December 2018

Disability Class Percentage Disability Pension & Awards Percentage
78% and above 2,366 21%
53% to 77% 2,515 22%
28% to 52% 3,050 27%
5% to 27% 3,230 28%
1% to 4% 212 2%
Entitlement Only 7 0%
Total 11,380 100%

Source: Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Services Branch

Table 9.5 Afghanistan Veterans in Receipt of Disability BenefitsFootnote 4 – Mental Health Conditions

Afghanistan Veterans in Receipt of Disability Benefits March 2015 March 2016 March 2017 March 2018 YTD Dec 2018
For Mental Health Conditions 4,269 5,048 5,800 6,732 7,367
For Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 3,578 4,243 4,833 5,598 6,051

Source: Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Services Branch

Table 9.6 Afghanistan Veterans – Quick Facts – December 2018

  • 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.
  • 17% of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Veterans in receipt of VAC benefits have Afghanistan Service.
  • 11% of CAF Veterans in receipt of VAC benefits have a disability benefit related to service in Afghanistan.
  • 65% 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.
  • 53% 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).
  • 18% of members deployed to Afghanistan, are in receipt of a VAC pension/award for a Mental Health condition related to their service in Afghanistan.
  • 15% 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


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