Letter from Bruce Poulin

 Hello Mr Rodgers

It has been observed that your emails and blog display an image of The Royal Canadian Legion badge.  This image is a registered trademark owned by Dominion Command, The Royal Canadian Legion.  Your use of this registered trademark has not been authorized.  We ask that you remove these images and cease to use the trademark.

Should you desire to use any registered Legion trademark, please request authorization in writing from the Dominion President.

Sincerely

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Hello Comrade Bruce

I see I’m back to being addressed as Mr again! no matter. So Dominion president is getting a little upset with my use of the Royal Canadian Legion badge. Seem to me I have every right as a veteran and member of the legion to use the badge. I consider I was authorized the moment I became a member of the Royal Canadian Legion. Perhaps to keep you happy I will use my blazer badge, I own that and have done so for many years. Whatever I choose to use I’m sure you will be back with another form of intimidation . Very poor attitude from Dominion Command, its time they faced up to the problems confronting them, instead of attempting to intimidate and treat veterans as the enemy.

Respectfully Submitted F.Ben Rodgers CD.

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Lest We Forget

Worth Sharing

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I had a blog ready for today, but after reading this article I knew I had to share it. Wow!! it sure qualifies what I …

Dedicated to all Veterans, “Lest We Forget” is a flawless tale of remembrance delivered through a heartfelt musical journey. The song was performed for the very first time for a wonderful group of dedicated Veterans and was met with a resounding standing ovation.

We all have a friend or family member who is connected to those brave souls who risk so much to make the world a better place to live. In their honor we ask you to watch the link below and share it freely with anyone affected by war past or present. Can I ask you to help spread this video to all your friends on facebook and or elsewhere and ask them to spread this special video ? It would mean a lot especially for ALL who gave ALL !! This is the link to the video here > https://youtu.be/7yj5M_IzSAg just click on the link and it will take you to the video and you can hear the song and watch the video or you can go to youtube and type in Chris Gill “Lest We Forget “ and you can watch it their ! Enjoy this powerful video and message for ALL who gave ALL….

God Bless and keep reading.

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Response is Overwhelming

legionOver the last few days I have received more than twelve thousand hits on my blog no wait that’s wrong its over twenty thousand now  and its still rising. I have received countless comments and the great majority are in agreement with the theme of my blog. I have tried to reply to each comment but it is becoming difficult, so if I miss you please understand why. I appreciate all the comments whether in agreement or opposed. Both are important because it gives us a clear picture of the general feelings against the present direction of the Legion. It is wonderful to see so many comments, but please consider sending them to Dominion Command too. Email bruce.poulin@legion.ca  If we swamp them with emails it will be interesting to see how long the present contact address stays online????

 

I can’t post all the comments to my blog, but I try to select a few of interest.

I had a blog ready for today, but after reading this article I knew I had to share it. Wow!! it sure qualifies what I …

I agree with you Ray! Our Vets need help and our Legion should be standing up for them. The problem with the legion is it has been taken over by people that have no clue about service. They don’t understand what we have done for our country and they cant even comprehend the sacrifices that have been made. And, I hate to say it, they don’t appreciate us for what we have given. It is more important for them to line their own pockets and kiss up to Bureaucrats than it is to stand up for those that need it more, our Veterans! My Dad left the legion back in the 90s as he was disgusted with what it had become. I never joined because I agree with my Dad, I served long and hard and the people at the legion today don’t understand that, and they look down their faces at us because if you didn’t serve and fight in a great war, you aren’t a veteran in their eyes. The members of today’s legion are just wannabes riding on the coat tails of their brave forefathers who fought and died for Canada, while in reality, they think their parents service was more important and valuable than our own!

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Legion headquarters should be located in Roblin, Manitoba. It seems that anything located in Ottawa becomes self centered, pompous and entitled to their entitlements….like government. At least in a place like Roblin the hierarchy would be well grounded like the common folks.

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Well said Terri and thank you for your support. Thank you Peter, you have a good point there!! You both could support us even more by sending your comments to Dominion Command. email bruce.poulin@legion.ca

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Tell Dominion Command

legionI acknowledge the many comments I’m receiving on my daily blogs, indeed I find them very encouraging and helpful. However, you are preaching to the converted, the people that need to hear these comments are at Dominion Command. Please send your comments to them, they are the ones that need to understand the dissatisfaction and angry of the membership and of veterans who are leaving or have never joined. They are the ones saying they have to work at recruiting new members. They are the ones claiming to care and are striving to support and help veterans. Obviously very few people reading this blog agree. So Comrades please keep sending me your comments, but also send them to Dominion Command the email address is – bruce.poulin@legion.ca  bruce

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Legion Message from the National President

Wow!!! since last week I have received over sixteen thousand hits and numbers are still climbing. There is no question many people are angry with the legion.
Letter from National President.
To be fair we should recognize the new President is at least responding to the problems of a rapidly depleting legionmembership. As usual, he offers the excuse that much of this is through attrition, but we all know that is not the real reason. So my response to Comrade Dave ,(they addressed as Mr) you have to begin by listening to the members, not just those in your inner circle. Let me point out the crass and arrogant response I received from your communications officer. In a recent email he suggested that I was slow to understand what had been explained to me several times by my Provincial Command. Being an efficient communicator, he said he’d join the ranks of those who had tried and explain it to me again. His is just one example of the many arrogant responses I have received from members in positions of authority.    So Comrade Dave, here is a place to start, all members should be treated equally and given the same respect that you and Comrade Poulin expect. Sadly that is not happening, not at Dominion and not at Provincial.  What to do about it, besides listening to the membership? This suggestion might be considered radical,  we should change the Legion uniform, allow the Associates to continue as is.  Provide a new distinctive blazer for Veterans, one that clearly sets them apart, how about Red. That would fit nicely with the idea of red Fridays.   There are several things that can be done, for instances not all veterans want to sit a dark atmosphere drinking beer. Not all veterans want to play cards,darts, slot machines and in turn support the ATM. Perhaps you might take a leaf out of MacDonalds Restaurants, have you noticed how many seniors sit at the local Mac Donalds in the mornings drinking reasonably priced coffee and chatting?
Allow me to use my own membership as an example of the rapidly growing decline in the legion numbers. In all sincerity, I do not plan to renew my membership at the end of 2016. I have already removed all the legion insignia from my blazer and beret. I have tried for four years to have Section 419 of the criminal code amended or at least have the legion request an amendment. It is simply wrong to deny blood relatives from wearing loved ones medals on the right breast. It is even worse when we see legion members like Tom Eagles wearing a total of twelve medals. He is not a veteran yet the public almost certainly see him as one.  However, legion medals aside, let me ask you this one simple question. I will post two photo’s with this blog. Please tell me which one you think displays the better image of  Remembrance – Respect – Pride – honour.  The one that best states “We Will Remember Them”.   I await your answer.
                                      Respectfully Submitted F.Ben Rodgers CD. Wellington Br.  PEmedal girlTomEagles2

http://www.legion.ca/article/a-message-from-your-dominion-command-membership-outreach-co-chairmen/

As we are all very aware, membership is at the forefront of considerable discussion within many Legion Branches largely because our overall membership numbers continue…
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More about Joan Beznoski

joan-beznoski-1It was very refreshing to learn that my blogs about Legion matters are being widely shared. It is encouraging to know I’m not alone in my concerns about the legion hierarchy. The letter attached to this blog was a response to my earlier blog about Joan.

I am a friend and advocate for Joan Beznoski. I administer a Facebook page called Veterans Supporting Joan Beznoski against Royal Canadian Legion Abuse. I have been sharing your Blogs about the Legion on this page. Thank you for writing them.

Regarding the matter of the free one year memberships for new Vets. I find this offer grossly offensive. I see it as nothing more than a paltry 2 cent discount to entice one to come into a crappy store to buy crappy merchandise.

Secondly and more importantly, I have been advised that the current executive of the Lac du Bonnet Legion, the group that threw a coup on the previous executive and the ones that suspended Joan, gave themselves and a few of their buddies Life Time Memberships and none of them have ever served a day!legion

Sent from Vera’s iPad

So folks the struggle continues, we need to see some drastic changes at legion HQ’s both nationally and provincially. We need many more veterans to speak out for change, the present legion is not owned or controlled by veterans.

God Bless and keep reading

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Sunday Morning Humour

This one is for the birds!!!

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Young King Arthur was ambushed and imprisoned by the monarch of a neighboring kingdom. The monarch could have killed him but was moved by Arthur’s youth and ideals. So, the monarch offered him his freedom, as long as he could answer a very difficult question. Arthur would have a year to figure out the answer and, if after a year, he still had no answer, he would be put to death.

The question?….What do women really want? Such a question would perplex even the most knowledgeable man, and to young Arthur, it seemed an impossible query. But, since it was better than death, he accepted the monarch’s proposition to have an answer by year’s end.

He returned to his kingdom and began to poll everyone: the princess, the priests, the wise men and even the court jester. He spoke with everyone, but no one could give him a satisfactory answer.

Many people advised him to consult the old witch, for only she would have the answer.

But the price would be high; as the witch was famous throughout the kingdom for the exorbitant prices she charged.

The last day of the year arrived and Arthur had no choice but to talk to the witch. She agreed to answer the question, but he would have to agree to her price first.

The old witch wanted to marry Sir Lancelot, the most noble of the Knights of the Round Table and Arthur’s closest friend!woman-dressed-as-ugly-witch-425940

Young Arthur was horrified. She was hunchbacked and hideous, had only one tooth, smelled like sewage, made obscene noises, etc. He had never encountered such a repugnant creature in all his life.

He refused to force his friend to marry her and endure such a terrible burden; but Lancelot, learning of the proposal, spoke with Arthur

He said nothing was too big of a sacrifice compared to Arthur’s life and the preservation of the Round Table.

Hence, a wedding was proclaimed and the witch answered Arthur’s question thus:

What a woman really wants, she answered….is to be in charge of her own life.

Everyone in the kingdom instantly knew that the witch had uttered a great truth and that Arthur’s life would be spared.

And so it was, the neighboring monarch granted Arthur his freedom and Lancelot and the witch had a wonderful wedding.

The honeymoon hour approached and Lancelot, steeling himself for a horrific experience, entered the bedroom. But, what a sight awaited him. The most beautiful woman he had ever seen lay before him on the bed. The astounded Lancelot asked what had happened

The beauty replied that since he had been so kind to her when she appeared as a witch, she would henceforth, be her horrible deformed self only half the time and the beautiful maiden the other half.

Which would he prefer? Beautiful during the day….or night?

Lancelot pondered the predicament. During the day, a beautiful woman to show off to his friends, but at night, in the privacy of his castle, an old witch? Or, would he prefer having a hideous witch during the day, but by night, a beautiful woman for him to enjoy wondrous intimate moments?

What would YOU do?

What Lancelot chose is below.

BUT….make YOUR choice before you scroll down below.

OKAY?

Noble Lancelot said that he would allow HER to make the choice herself.

Upon hearing this, she announced that she would be beautiful all the time because he had respected her enough to let her be in charge of her own life

Now….what is the moral to this story?



The moral is…..

If you don’t let a woman have her own way….

Things are going to get ugly
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Condescending Legion Response from Bruce Poulin

This is the response I received from Bruce Poulin, Communications Officer, Dominion bruceCommand. I love the last paragraph of his email, It once again rolls out that old legion Chestnut. The Legion does not say blood relatives can’t wear medals, we are just informing them of the law, maybe not in those words but same meaning.. His letter although carefully worded has a very condescending tone about it. For example “While our policy has been explained to you in the past by other Legion commands” I will join the ranks of those who have tried to explain our policy”. It is as he is talking down to a child who has trouble grasping the obvious. There folks lies the problem! Dominion knows best, and we less intelligent members should try to listen and learn from our elders.  I suppose to be fair, they are at least responding to members concerns if not addressing them, maybe this is a change in policy by the new President. On the other hand, perhaps our message is getting through and they are getting worried. After reading this blog I seriously urge those who agree with my blog to email Bruce Poulin with your comments, I would like to see his computer flooded with veterans comments.  His email address——bruce.poulin@legion.ca

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Thank you again for taking the time to write to the Legion’s Dominion Command with your questions regarding Legion medals worn exclusively on the right sight of their Legion uniform.  While our policy has been explained to you in the past by other Legion commands, I will join the ranks of those who have tried to explain our policy once more and hopefully address your concerns.

 First and foremost, I am sure you will agree, that the service and sacrifice of Canada’s Veterans is recognized, in part, through the medals they receive.  When someone dons a medal or other decoration that was never awarded to them, they degrade the honour and sacrifice of those rightly wearing the medals they received, and they are breaking the law. The Legion admonishes any act that disrespects Canada’s Veterans or ignores Canada’s current laws.

 As stated in the Legion Ritual, Awards and Protocol Manual, “it is an offence under Sections 419 A and B of the Criminal Code of Canada for anyone, other than the recipient, to wear a uniform of the Canadian Armed Forces or Service Insignia, such as medals, ribbons, badges, chevrons or other decoration. It is also an offence for anyone to wear any imitation of the above if it is likely to be mistaken for the said uniform, or service insignia, etc.”

 I am also at a loss to understand why you have singled out the Legion for its policies regarding the wearing of Legion medals when, in fact, other Veterans organizations including ANAVETS, AVA, Veterans UN NATO Canada, and Cadet organizations or civilian organizations such as the Order of St. George and the Order of St. Lazarus, to name only a few, all have medals that are not awarded by the government and, in many cases, may be purchased.

 Allow me to conclude by stating that Legion members take seriously the wearing of government sanctioned medals and abiding by Canadian laws.  If you seek to change the criminal code of Canada, may I suggest you direct your focus and energies towards the government of Canada and not the Legion.

Sincerely Bruce Poulin

First allow me to explain, real medals earned in the service of ones country are worn on the LEFT, over the heart I …

I think it would be great for my daughters to wear their great grandfather’s and grandfather’s medals on the right side during remembrance day ceremonies. What better way to be remembered! I would love to know that my granddaughter would someday be able to wear mine when I’m gone.medal girl

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Explaining the wearing right breast medals (Blog post 18th Aug)

For today’s blog I decided to post a few of the commentslegion I received from yesterday’s blog. It was indeed a very busy day I received more than three thousand hits on my blog page. That doesn’t include Twitter or Face Book. Plus I know of a few other bloggers who also share this. Clearly many people are interested in what is going on at the Legion Command. I realize 3000 hits is not on a level with blogs that go viral. However, I usually average between 50 and 75 hits per day so I do consider this extraordinary.  You will not read any negative comments to my blog, and for one simple reason  I did not receive any! However, there are many angry veterans out there.Dave-Flannigan_DomPres

(1) I am a veteran with my CD plus my service medals and a legion member for 47 years and I agree with the comments expressed. I also feel the current legion members who are actively involved mean well in helping the veterans and community. However when a District Commander tells me that he owes the veterans nothing and they can take their medals and shove them up their rectum, it leaves a very bad taste when command leaves him in office and yes command was told

(2) I’ve been convinced long before now that some brains are not equipped to handle reasoning and common sense.clay poppy

(3) The Legion should do away with their in house medals as they give the uninformed the opinion that those are real and those members are VETERANS. RCL stop diluting the true value and meaning of our nations medals with your costume jewellery!!!!

(4) Right Breast Medals (Medallions) certainly make us look like a third world dictatorship. All tin pot dictators wear right breast medals. Perhaps we should faithfully follow our Mother Legion the Royal British in that no right hand medals are issued purchased or otherwise to Legion members a Lapel pin is used to signify long term service etc to the Legion.
Keep up this campaign my fellow Veterans who knows we may win this battle against Canadian dictators at Dominion Command Level.  Veteran and Proud Canadian.

(5) Well said

(6) I was approached a couple of years ago on Nov 11 by an elderly gentleman, while at a legion, and asked if I knew it was illegal to wear someone else’s medals. I politely informed him that they were medals that I earned during my 25 years of service and did not belong to someone else.

(7) I’m advising who ever is on this sight all I have to say is, I am a wounded Afghanistan Vet and as well as my brother was until he took a shot gun into his shed two years ago I think you can figure out the rest. The past two years I’ve pinned my brothers medals on his son and we went to Remembrance Day, you know that would make my life if someone came up to him and told him to take them off, I’d beat him so bad it wouldn’t even be funny, my brothers son has every right to wear his fathers medals. I had 7 medals that went in the garbage, and my brother has 8 medals, so I may as well through my brothers medals out as well, especially if his son can’t display them what are the use of them. You guys at the legion just don’t get it and you wonder why you guys are closing everywhere because you have no members and this generation is not going, why don’t you guys just sit and think about it, it’s a joke I’ll never step foot in a legion ever again, ran by civvies when the legion was first erected was for vet, civvies did not get in, know look at it but you guys still wonder why 2 year ago I went into the legion in combats/in uniform and I was denied a beer by the bar tender because I present a member ship god dam bullshit I’m in uniform in a place for vets and soldiers and get denied unbelievable, and you still wonder why I don’t give it too many more years and prob they will all be closed, civvies are running most of them, the legion board may have one vet on it, it’s gone( there should be no civvies in any legion) and then see what happens, the soldiers would be able to speak freely not having to worry if a civilian is listening to you which it is none of their business. The meaning of the legion where vets can go and hang out with each other like a big boy big girl club, not a civilian hang out. That’s why they are finished.

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I’m a veteran retired from combat arms after 30 years, entitled to wear a rack and a few other odds and sods of salad dressing on my left side. I also don’t take any offence, nor see how any could be taken if relatives were to wear the awards and decoration given to a deceased loved one.

Having said that, I see the Legion types are not wearing awards and decorations from the Canadian government on their right side. They’re wearing Legion stuff, which means absolutely nothing to me, might be well deserved, but it is just costume jewelry. One could simply make up your own little medal or ribbon for suffering through three consecutive viewings of “Hyena Road” or something similar, then wear it to Remembrance Day. Whether the Legion dreamed up those decorations, or some individual makes up their own, the important issue is it isn’t an award or decoration given by the Canadian government to a member of the Forces for something they did. And that’s an enormous difference.

All that aside, I’m not sure why the Legion is presumes to be the voice of all veterans on whether or not relatives of deceased soldiers should be allowed by law to wear the medals of their loved ones at military ceremonies. Nobody asked me, and I for one am perfectly fine with it.

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So folks this will give you a good indication of the wide spread dissatisfaction within and outside the legion ranks. These comments are from across Canada and one from the UK. I did not add names to the comments listed here because, no time to ask permission to do so.medal girl

As my parting shot ! I would like to point to the photo of the young girl, she is standing with her Grandfather (WW2 Veteran) wearing her Great Grandfathers 1st World War medals. When did you last see a 1st WW medal at a Remembrance Day Parade in Canada????? It rather defeats the legion motto “We will Remember Them” Surely this demands the law be amended to allow blood relatives to wear their deceased family members medals on such occasions. I again rest my case!

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