Le­gion #128 and CAB Form Vet­eran Sup­port Al­liance

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Made­line Mul­hol­land Stanstead

The Ayer’s Cliff Cana­dian Le­gion, branch #128, holds a Poppy Cam­paign ev­ery year and de­votes these funds to sup­port­ing lo­cal vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies. The funds can be used through char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tions or to as­sist those in need, on a case by case ba­sis, at the lo­cal level. Ex­am­ples of these cases would be pro­vid­ing prac­ti­cal help in the form of wheel­chairs, med­i­cal equip­ment, trans­porta­tion, and other re­sources when re­quired.

The Le­gion rec­og­nizes that their net­work is not ca­pa­ble of ad­e­quately iden­ti­fy­ing and pro­vid­ing ser­vices to some vet­er­ans who live in the re­gion but are not mem­bers of the Le­gion. For this rea­son they have en­listed the help of CAB Rediker in an outreach pro­gram that will uti­lize the re­sources and scope of CAB to help them bet­ter iden­tify and serve their tar­get clien­tele.

On Fri­day, March 25, Ré­nald De­mers of Cab Rediker and Robin Gagnon, pres­i­dent of Cana­dian Le­gion Branch #128 of Ayer’s Cliff, for­mally signed a Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing that de­fines a new pro­to­col out­lin­ing how Le­gion funds will be fun­neled through CAB Rediker in Stanstead to help lo­cal vet­er­ans and oth­ers in need who meet cer­tain cri­te­ria. Af­ter the sign­ing, CAB was awarded a cheque in the amount of $1,000, rep­re­sent­ing funds raised from the lo­cal 2010 Poppy Cam­paign.

The MOU in­cludes el­i­gi­bil­ity fac­tors and the ge­o­graph­i­cal re­gions to be served, this in keep­ing with the Le­gions com­mit­ment to spend lo­cal funds within the area in which the money was raised. Al­lo­ca­tion of funds will be pri­or­i­tized by need and other el­i­gi­bil­ity fac­tors. Vet­er­ans are given first pri­or­ity, and CAB will ad­min­is­ter these re­sources based on the guide­lines pro­vided by the Le­gion and sub­mit an an­nual re­port to the Le­gion at year’s end.

Other Le­gion mem­bers present at the sign­ing were Ernie Win­tle, trea­surer of Branch #128, and Su­san Fletcher-Doust, 2nd Vice Pres­i­dent, both of whom spoke about the Le­gion’s de­sire to iden­tify a greater num­ber of vet­er­ans who could ben­e­fit from the sup­port sys­tem of­fered. Many of the lo­cal vet­er­ans con­tact Le­gion mem­bers di­rectly when they need re­sources or as­sis­tance, but Mr. Win­tle points out that if CAB is not aware of their need for sup­port then the ser­vices may not be de­vel­oped ad­e­quately to pro­vide them. The first step, and one that will hope­fully be achieved in the new al­liance, is at­tain­ing a bet­ter grasp of the de­gree of as­sis­tance re­quired in the com­mu­nity and a bet­ter sys­tem of pri­or­i­tiz­ing and pro­vid­ing efficient care to all vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies.

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Brig. Gen­eral (ret’d) Robin Gagnon, Su­san Fletcher-Doust, CAB pres­i­dent Ré­nald De­mers and Ernie Win­tle looked pleased about their new part­ner­ship at the MOU sign­ing.

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Brig. Gen­eral (ret’d) Robin Gagnon, pres­i­dent of Le­gion Branch #128, and Ré­nald De­mers, pres­i­dent of the CAB RH Rediker, sign­ing the Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing last Fri­day at the vol­un­teer cen­tre.

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