You might have noticed lately that I have moved from bashing politicians to bashing Legion command members. Its not before time, what occurs at both Dominion an Provincial Commands should be rightly exposed to the general membership. We ex military types/veterans tend to have respect and obedience to our leaders and leadership. However, in the last decade the legion has changed drastically. No longer is it run by veterans, associate members have moved in and taken over. Allow me to give you an example of the activities presently being followed by the Command structure. Just recently Tom Eagles and a deputy travelled to Scotland to attend a Royal Scottish Legion conference held in Perth. Dare I ask the following questions? First of all, why did we needed two members to represent us at this conference, surely one would have been sufficient, indeed why did we need to be represented at all? Second question, what did this cost the legion membership in salaries, travel, accommodations and meals. Will we even be told??? I have sent these questions to Dominion Command via email, but I wont hold my breath waiting for a reply. Tom Eagles also recently visited islands in the Caribbean apparently on Legion business! his wife travelling with him, I’m not sure how many deputies might have also gone along. I do know questions were raised about the costs of this junket and the expenses being covered from the membership. I have told you this before but it never hurts to refresh memories. Tom Eagles is not a veteran has never served a day in the service of his Country. Yet here he is globe trotting and representing us veterans. Many legion branches are failing and closing their doors while our National President travels around the world at our expense. Did I mention that The Legion Executive are just like politicians (one and the same). Nevertheless, there is one very important difference between the two, we can’t avoid paying taxes but we sure as hell can stop paying membership fees. The legion motto “Preparing for the 21st Century” needs a very careful rethink! How about “Think Veterans in the 21st Century”.
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