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June 2020
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A message from the Dominion President

Branches of the Legion have been hit hard by COVID-19. Yet as we struggle through the challenges we are facing, I am uplifted by the many acts of kindness, support and perseverance I see from our members.
Click here to see how our members are making a difference.
I also invite you to read some of the inspiring stories of Legion members showing ingenuity and following health guidelines while continuing the spirit of supporting our Veterans and communities. Even through a global pandemic, we as an organization continue to come together to serve. I have never been more proud.
Thank you all, and stay well.
The Legion demands immediate action on Long Term Care conditions
On May 27, Dominion President Thomas D. Irvine, CD sent a letter to the Prime Minister to share the Legion’s deep concerns with the ongoing poor conditions and lowered standards of healthcare received by many Veterans and Seniors in Long Term Residential Care in Canada.
The Legion has long demanded improved access to long-term care beds for Veterans and better conditions in care centres, but calls have been largely ignored.
Membership is more rewarding than ever
As you’ve likely seen in an email earlier this month, the Legion is thrilled to launch MemberPerks®, our new member benefits program. With MemberPerks® you can save $1000s – savings that can more than pay for your Legion membership.
MemberPerks® is included in your Legion membership. Sign up today to start saving – and let your Legion friends know about MemberPerks® so they can start saving, too.
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Nijmegen Marches Legion Representative Joan Cook inspires us to stay active
The Royal Canadian Legion is proud to sponsor The Canadian Armed Forces Newspapers Youth Reporter Competition. This initiative engages teens in the military family community and offers them a unique opportunity to tell their story.
A pandemic won’t stop Joan Cook, Legion Representative for the cancelled 2020 Nijmegen Marches, from pursuing her training. Discover how Joan has continued her exercise regime in preparation for next year’s March, and get some advice on how you can stay active during these times.
Legion sends Canada Day gifts to troops overseas
The Royal Canadian Legion is sending a little piece of Canada to troops overseas as part of Operation Canada Day, an initiative of Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services. 2,110 gifts are on their way, along with a message of well wishes from the Legion.
The contents of the gifts are a surprise for the recipients, so we can’t show you a picture today – but stay tuned and we’ll share in the next issue!
Dominion President presses Prime Minister for financial support
Many Legion Branches are struggling financially as a result of the pandemic, and for some, their future is in jeopardy. Current federal relief programs for non-profits do not help Branches with operational costs incurred as a result of the pandemic, and Legion Branches do not qualify for the relief programs available to businesses.
On June 3, Royal Canadian Legion Dominion President Thomas D. Irvine, CD, sent a letter to the Prime Minister pressing for immediate access to emergency financial relief for Legion Branches.
Without immediate financial relief, the Legion may soon be unable to continue to provide essential services and supports to Veterans and communities across Canada.
Read the letter  ‣
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