The Shaunavon Legion held its first general meeting this past week in over a year and a half.
Members discussed membership fees, Remembrance Day plans, and the annual cleaning night, but special attention was brought to the fact that veterans do not need to be part of the Legion to ask for help.
Service Officer and Legion member Brenda Waldron explained that most veterans do not realize that they do not need membership to seek assistance from the Legion.
“We want people to really be aware of that they don't have to be a Legion member," said Waldron. "They just need to be a veteran or next of kin to a veteran,”
“I helped push through paperwork for a veteran this past spring regarding a mobility scooter," she added. "At that time, they found out he had not been reassessed for 10 years, when there should be a reassessment every two years. It's important for people to know that they need to have reassessments every two years, if they're a veteran or have a veteran in their family.”
Without that reassessment by Veteran Affairs, and help from the Legion, the veteran in question would have had to move into long term care.
It's just one example of how the Legion can work to assist veterans.
Waldron also reminds people that you do not have to have served in the Forces to be considered a veteran. Service types accepted include but aren’t limited to; NATO, Coast Guard, RCMP, reserve, NORAD and cadet instructor.
The Legion membership fees, which are $45, are now due and can be given directly to Waldron.
Like many Legions across the country, the Shaunavon group has faced challenges trying to attract and retain its membership.
“We're always looking for members," said Waldron. "I can process memberships, and you can get memberships online, too. And we have meetings (at the Legion Hall) on the second Monday of every month.”
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Korean War, Battle of Kowang-San, and the Battle of Kapyong, all of which Canadians participated in.
The Legion is unsure with current covid numbers if the Remembrance Day ceremony will be held indoors this year, but Waldron was optimistic and hopes they can. If not, the ceremony will only include the outdoor event at the cenotaph like last year.
The Legion is also looking for volunteers to help with the cleaning of the hall which is planned to take place on September 27 at 7 p.m. and volunteers are asked to bring their own cleaning supplies.
The Poppy Drive is also taking place again this year on October 29 starting at 5 p.m.
Hockey pool squares are also now available for sale for $30 each. Money can be paid to either Waldron herself or Carol at the Drug Store.
For more details about upcoming events, or information about the Legion in general, contact Waldron or another member of the board.
Jacob Miller, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Shaunavon Standard