Where do your poppy dol­lars go?

South Shore Breaker - - Sports - CON­TRIB­UTED edi­tor@southshore­breaker.ca

Wear­ing a poppy is a good way to not only pay trib­ute to Canada’s vet­er­ans but also to give back to them.

The pop­pies sold ev­ery year in the weeks lead­ing up to Remembrance Day are pro­vided by the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion, who use the money col­lected to pro­vide as­sis­tance to vet­er­ans.

Here are some of the ex­cel­lent uses to which this or­ga­ni­za­tion puts do­na­tions col­lected for Remembrance Day.

Vet­eran tran­si­tion pro­grams

For many vet­er­ans, re­turn­ing to civil­ian life proves to be a chal­lenge. They con­front es­tranged con­nec­tions with friends and fam­ily, feel­ings of iso­la­tion, dif­fi­cul­ties adapt­ing to new work­places and men­tal ill­nesses like de­pres­sion and post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der.

The Royal Cana­dian Le­gion helps fund the Vet­er­ans Tran­si­tion Net­work, a pro­gram that as­sists vet­er­ans through the tu­mul­tuous pe­riod af­ter leav­ing ac­tive duty, pro­vid­ing them with help­ful tools and re­sources as well as a wel­com­ing com­mu­nity.

Fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance and hous­ing for vet­er­ans

Some vet­er­ans have an es­pe­cially dif­fi­cult time ad­just­ing to civil­ian life and end up home­less or at risk of home­less­ness. In ad­di­tion to pro­vid­ing fi­nan­cial sup­port to such in­di­vid­u­als, the Le­gion sup­ports nu­mer­ous out­reach pro­grams, food banks, drop-in cen­tres and meals-on-wheels pro­grams.

Med­i­cal sup­port

The Le­gion pro­vides funds for med­i­cal equip­ment, med­i­cal train­ing and med­i­cal treat­ment fo­cused on car­ing for in­jured and in­firm vet­er­ans. It also helps pay for ac­ces­si­bil­ity mod­i­fi­ca­tions that as­sist vet­er­ans with dis­abil­i­ties.

Ed­u­ca­tional bur­saries

The Le­gion grants bur­saries to children, grand­chil­dren and great­grand­chil­dren of vet­er­ans who re­quire fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to be able to pur­sue a post-sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion.

Remembrance ac­tiv­i­ties

With the help of our do­na­tions, the Le­gion fi­nances ac­tiv­i­ties that shine a light on our past and com­mem­o­rate our vet­er­ans.

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Wear­ing a poppy is a good way to not only pay trib­ute to Canada’s vet­er­ans but also to give back to them.

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