Funding for Legion Branches will help with operating expenses

Legion branches across Huron and Bruce counties continue to receive Federal pandemic assistance.

Branches will be using their funding allotments for critical operating expenses including insurance premiums, rent expenses, and utility bills.

On November 10th, 2020, the Federal government announced a $20 million aid package to help veterans organizations survive the pandemic, of which the Royal Canadian Legion received $14 million.

“The financial assistance from the Federal Government for Branch 140 is a welcome relief and the funds will be used to cover our operational expenses. Without these funds our Branch would probably close it doors depending on how long the COVID-19 virus lockdown will last.  I would like to thank our community for your support during this time. We will remember them,” said Rick Shropshall, Royal Canadian Legion Br. 140 President.

“Lucknow Legion, Branch 309 is grateful for the financial assistance from the federal government. During the lockdown and afterwards, we will be operating at limited capacity, and the funding will be used to pay for operational expenses such as heat, hydro, insurance and taxes. When we get back to normal, we have some maintenance projects that need attention and any remaining funds will go towards that. Our goal is to get through this and continue to support and serve the needs of our veterans and community. With this generous support from Veterans Affairs Canada we will weather this storm and continue to be the strong branch we always were,” says Linda Sharpin, Royal Canadian Legion Br. 309, President.

“I am writing today to express how grateful we, at Branch 340, are for the generous support in the amount of $10,845.05, which we received from the Federal government in order to assist our Branch through these tough pandemic times. This money will go a long way to help cover the costs of our monthly expenses to allow our Branch to support our Veterans and our community,” said Robert Harrison, Royal Canadian Legion Br. 340, President.

“The Royal Canadian Legion Walkerton Branch 102 would like to thank MP Ben Lobb and the federal government for the contribution towards our Legion during this pandemic. We received $10,533 to assist us while we are closed. We offer assistance to veterans, serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces and RCMP, and/or their dependents. Thanks to this support from the Federal government and our community, the Walkerton Legion will once again be able to open our doors and operate for the good of our veterans and our community – many branches will not be as fortunate,” added Rose Austin, President, Branch 102 Walkerton.

“In October, I wrote to (Veterans Affairs) Minister MacAulay that the federal government had a debt of honour to our veterans, asking for delivery of an aid package to our Legion branches. Royal Canadian Legion branches across Canada are critical to our support of veterans, and I’m glad this long-awaited aid package will help keep the lights on in Branch 140,” added MP Ben Lobb, Huron-Bruce.

Branches across the riding which applied for and will each receive $10,834.05 in funding to-date are:

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 440 – Ripley
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 140 – Clinton
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 218 – Brussels
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 309 – Lucknow
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 167 – Exeter
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 180 – Wingham
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 183 – Kincardine
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 109 – Goderich
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 102 – Walkerton
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 155 – Southampton
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 340 – Port Elgin

Further funds are expected to be disbursed over the coming weeks