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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 2015 to 2020 as of March 31, 2020
Afghanistan Veterans 2015–16 2016–17 2017–18 2018–19 2019-20 % of CAF Veteran Population
Afghanistan Service IdentifiedFootnote 1 13,583 14,978 16,432 17,802 19,368 3%
Veterans in receipt of Disability Benefits related to Afghanistan ServiceFootnote 2 (included in above total) 8,339 9,357 10,551 11,645 12,659 2%

Source: Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Services Branch

Table 9.3 Afghanistan Veterans (including RCMP) by Age – March 2020

Age Afghanistan Service
IdentifiedFootnote 1
% by Age Veterans in receipt of Disability
Benefits related to AfghanistanFootnote 2
% by Age
Under 30 146 1% 108 1%
30 to 39 5,018 26% 3,815 30%
40 to 49 6,393 33% 4,317 34%
50 or more 7,811 40% 4,419 35%
Total 19,368 100% 12,659 100%

Source: Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Services Branch

Table 9.4 Afghanistan Veterans in Receipt of Disability BenefitsFootnote 3 by Disability Class – March 2020

Disability Class Percentage Disability Pension & Awards Percentage
78% and above 3,106 25%
53% to 77% 3,019 24%
28% to 52% 3,326 26%
5% to 27% 2,973 23%
1% to 4% 225 2%
Entitlement Only 10 0%
Total 12,659 100%

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 2017 March 2018 March 2019 March 2020
For Mental Health Conditions 5,800 6,732 7,578 8,334
For Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 4,833 5,598 6,219 6,837

Source: Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Services Branch

Table 9.6 Afghanistan Veterans – Quick Facts – March 2020

  • 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.
  • 18% of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Veterans in receipt of VAC benefits have Afghanistan Service.
  • 12% of CAF Veterans in receipt of VAC benefits have a disability benefit related to service in Afghanistan.
  • 66% 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.
  • 54% 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).
  • 21% of members deployed to Afghanistan, are in receipt of a VAC pension/award for a mental health condition related to their service in Afghanistan.
  • 17% 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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