Last evening was my moment at the local legion to present what I suspected might be a controversial resolution. I don’t know how it came about but it seemed like all the stars aligned just at the right moment for me. First of all there was an article on the evening news about injured veterans and the lack of needed benefits being available to them. The Royal Canadian Legion was mentioned in the news item and not in a favourable light. It was stated that change was badly needed within the legion hierarchy. Also in the last few days the minister of Veterans Affairs was sacked, a move that was too long over due. So there I was sitting at the meeting awaiting my moment to present the resolution. The legion is an old establishment with some old established and ingrained ideas, and I was about to rock the boat. Then so unexpectedly another blow landed on the RCL in an announcement at the meeting. On the weekend Provincial Command had locked the doors of Branch One in Charlottetown. The largest Legion Home in the Province. It will be re-opened under the control of Provincial Command. The manager was fired and and all accounting records seized. Command will operate the branch for the next six months and at the end of that time a decision will be made. The timing was prefect for my presentation, indeed my whole argument for changing the medal law was based on a need for overall changes within the RCL. The news items fitted perfectly and could not have happened at a better time. With no opposition my resolution was adopted on the first reading and is now being forwarded to be tabled at the Provincial Command annual meeting in May 2015. I feel so much more confident that it will now go all the way to Dominion Command this summer. I also feel we now have a great chance to see this law changed. I don’t supposed it will happen quickly, if Dominion adopt the change it would then go to the Justice Dept of Government to have the law re=written. Nevertheless its on its way and I feel good. You know we often talk about this or that needing to be changed but we rarely actually do anything about it. In this case I have acted and that makes me feel good.
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