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Medicine Hat Royal Canadian Legion pleased with poppy campaign results

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The Robertson Memorial Branch 17 Legion in Medicine Hat is proud to announce a total of $65,636 was raised in the 2014 poppy campaign.

An increase of 11% over 2013. The tragic shooting of reservist, Cpl Nathan Cirillo at the national war memorial just prior to Remembrance day triggered a massive outpouring of support for the campaign this past year.  Funds are now being distributed to eligible organizations and individuals .   This past week our Poppy chairmen, Andy Stratton and  had the pleasure of distributing some of these funds to local organizations that support veterans in our community.


From the Legion website
Approximately 18 million poppies are distributed by Legionnaires, Veterans and Cadets across the nation annually. The proceeds are placed in trust to be used for the benevolent support of Veterans and their dependents. Through these Poppy Fund donations, the Legion provides financial assistance to serving and former Canadian Armed Forces members and their families who are in financial distress. Grants are available for food, heating costs, clothing, prescription medication, medical appliances and equipment, essential home repairs and emergency shelter or assistance. Assistance cannot be provided over an extended period but may be offered more than once to an individual. Comforts for veterans and their surviving spouses who are hospitalized and in need may also be provided. These comforts are defined as confectioneries, reading material, flowers, personal toiletry articles, and other items of a similar nature.

Eligibility for assistance
Any veteran or veteran’s dependent in need of assistance is eligible to apply for financial aid from the Poppy Trust Fund. This includes:

·         Any person who is serving or who has honourably served in the Canadian Armed Forces, RCMP and their dependents;
·         Merchant Navy personnel who have been awarded campaign stars or decorations and their dependents;
·         Ex-service personnel of Commonwealth countries and their dependents who are resident in Canada; and
Ex-service personnel of allied countries and their dependents who are resident in Canada

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