A Proud Veteran Legacy

(Legion Convention - Quebec City '1946')


The National Tubercular Veterans Association and The Royal Canadian Legion sanctioned TVS Vancouver Branch #44. The TVS mandate was to care for Veterans suffering from war related tuberculosis (TB) and respiratory conditions. The first meeting was held at the Shaughnessy Hospital TB Pavilion. W.C. Woodward former Colonel of the 69th Battery Overseas and subsequent owner of Woodwards Stores furnished the Branch office after seeing members sitting on boxes and the floor.

(TVS Branch #44 Meeting)


After the Second World War, TVS Branch #44 was called upon again to help TB and respiratory challenged Veterans. The Branch created the "TB Vets Key Tag" program which offered employment to disabled Veterans who made the key tags serving to assist with their health care and restoring their dignity as contributing members of society. Donations from the Key Tags were used to help Veterans and their families regain life in the community. The TB Vets Key Tag program also offered a free community service with a lost, found and return service to donors.

(Branch 44 - Swan, Whitting, Ferguson)


When Veteran needs were met, TVS Branch #44 expanded their community service by establishing the TB Vets Charitable Foundation. Continuing with the TB Vets Key Tag Program, donations are used to provide life-saving respiratory equipment to Medical Teams and First Responders. "Veteran Heroes Helping Medical Heroes"

(BC Women's Hospital '2016')


British Columbia TVS Branch #44 also supports:
Poppy Campaigns: $43,000 Other Fundraising: $88,136
Veterans Memorial Manor
Lower Mainland Colour Party
Cenotaph Commemorative Flyover
Navy League Greater Vancouver
VGH/UBC Hospital
BC Children’s Hospital
Boys & Girls Club
Mom2Mom Child Poverty
Vancouver Minor Baseball
Battle of Britain Memorial
Burnaby Christmas & Camping Bureaus
Education Awards
888 Avenger Squadron
TB Memorial Bursary-Thompson Rivers U
PTSD Dog Therapy
St. Paul’s Hospital
Edmonds Seniors Society
Covenant House
Sharing Abundance Community Meals
Cariboo Wounded Warriors
Transforming Education
Low Income Family Sponsorship