WORLD NEWS – CALIFORNIA – Calgary veterans welcome a much-needed $ 20 million lifeline from the federal government


On the eve of Memorial Day, the Trudeau government threw a bone to the Royal Canadian Legion and other veteran groups struck by the COVID-19 pandemic, and promised millions in emergency funding to help them keep their doors open

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the government will provide $ 20 million in aid to the Corps and other veteran groups whose finances have dried up due to the pandemic.

The Corps, which says it has been forced to close dozens of branches across the country, some permanently, will receive $ 14 million while the rest will be split between VETS Canada, True Patriot Love and other organizations that work with veterans

In Calgary, the Calgary Veterans Food Bank said they are happy to announce funding, but veterans support during COVID-19 is « overdue »

« I think it would help veterans more if they hire more people to clear the backlog of all veterans’ application forms for services, » said Alan Reed of the Food Bank. Need to prioritize them

Reed said that about 60 percent of the 68 food bank customers per month receive their nutritional needs through the door-to-door delivery program, compared to about 10 percent before COVID-19

“The people in Calgary are very generous. I am always amazed at the generosity of the people of Calgary and we’re on our way to that.” We will apply (for funding) The money will go to fund therapy sessions and other extracurricular activities for veterans. ”

$ 20 million has been allocated in the government’s COVID-19 Relief Bill that Parliament passed last month after veterans’ organizations have spent the past few months seeking help

Legion Dominion President Tom Irvine told The Canadian Press that the organization was very grateful that the funds would help salvage the dozens of branches that were on the verge of closing

However, despite the funding being welcomed, Irvine acknowledged that it was less than the $ 30 million requested by the Legion.

“My first letter to the prime minister was in April,” Irvine said, “I might have saved some of these 20 branches.”

At Calgary’s Royal Canadian Legion Chapelhow Branch 284, President Heather Beaton echoed Irvine’s sentiments, adding that the delay had put their site in a “treacherous state.”

She said, “We have some old equipment that must be replaced and we don’t have the funding for it.” “If this equipment breaks down, it might force us to shut down.”

Beaton added that by introducing some new offer ideas to site members, Branch 284 has managed to stay afloat for the past eight months, but with the rise in COVID-19 cases and new restrictions looming, her concerns are growing.

“We have good support that really helps and members respond to things like loony or twonie Tuesday that attract them,” referring to their cheap meal days

She added that their affiliate is fortunate to have space for social distancing and members with « good attitudes » when it comes to following safety protocols.

“I am very proud of the support these members have shown during this time because a lot of (the legions) did not get it.”

“I feel very saddened by the fact that we have had to cancel Memorial Day (celebrations) due to COVID-19 but we are still getting a decent response from the public to help with the donation, so I hope all I can say is not to forget.”


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