When Silence is not Golden!!!


legionDominion Command suddenly published (25th July 2016) via Face Book a rebuttal to all the recent and not so complimentary news items. In their rebuttal they listed  an email address to contact should we have any questions:-   brucepouline@legion.ca  So I did send him an email on 25th July 2016, to date no reply?? On the 29th July 2016 I sent an email to the President of PE Provincial Command also no reply. I find it hard believe these two Legion officials are too busy to make the effort to respond, surely if only to acknowledge receipt of the emails.  It has become very difficult to have any faith in the leadership at the Royal Canadian Legion

Below I have attached a letter I sent to Provincial President on 29th July and for which I still await a reply. I thought my letter was reasonable merely pointing out my dissatisfaction with his earlier letter to the editor. I also sent a reply letter to the editor but doubt it will be published because its become a rather tit for tat thing now. Please read the attached letters and you will hopefully begin to understand my frustrations.

Letter to President Provincial Command

Whether you believe me or not, it is not my intention to malign you or the Provincial Command. However, things have to change if the Legion is to survive as a Veterans Organization. The present policy on who may wear medals is archaic. How can you possibly agree that it is okay for someone off the street to enter and join the RCL, He buys a uniform and can quite legally purchase the fore mentioned legion medals and wear them right breast any time he wears the uniform. Yet a widow or mother cannot wear a late loved ones medals on Remembrance day because its against the law. Surely you must see the legion should be asking the Dept of Justice for an amendment to section 419 of the criminal code. I have tried for three years to have a resolution passed by Provincial Command and forwarded to Dominion. All I have achieved to date was to be accosted at my own branch and lectured by a member of Provincial Command. I also received a terse and sarcastic letter from an assoc member chairing what he claimed was a special committee. There are many other issues that require amending but when grass root members attempt to ask questions or point out problems it seems we are ignored. Not a good way to re-build a rapidly declining membership in my opinion. Anyway John, I just wanted to pass along my concerns, I have as much pride in being a member of the Royal Canadian Legion as the next person, but it is my legion too and I should have the right to voice my opinions and be listened to.

I have attached below my response you your letter to the editor, The guardian is unlikely to publish it, but I thought you should have the opportunity to read it anyway.

Yours Aye  F.Ben Rodgers Wellington Br 17.beaumont-hamel150 medal

PEI Command Letter to Guardian 25th July 2016

President of Provincial Command has responded to my letters regarding the wearing of medals. In his haste to show how wrong I’m, he fails to spell my name correctly, not once, but four times. He claims I have taken the selling of legion medals out of context? not sure how he arrived at that conclusion. Anyone who wishes to check the facts, can find the ads in back issues of the Legion Magazine. The 90th Legion Anniversary medal was advertised at $25 plus P & P to all legion members More recently the 150 medal was also advertised at $25. I find it equally difficult to justify his comparison. If its okay for Boy Scouts-Cadets and Knights of Columbus to wear medals why not the legion. Perhaps he needs a reminder, the legion is a veterans organization and the majority of veterans wear actual medals earned in the service of their country. Veterans do not need to buy legion medals. Finally and apart from the spelling of my name, Mr John Yeo avoids completely the crucial issue I have been urging. That of family members wearing their late loved ones medals on the right breast to Remembrance Day Services. I found it typical when he quoted legion policy. I would be remiss if I did not mention this old legion chestnut!! “The legion does not say family members cannot not wear medals, we are just informing them of the law”.LOL! The legion strongly support and promotes this law. I rest my case.

God Bless and keep reading

 

Author of LILY & ME , and THE ROYAL NAVY & ME
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About irishroverpei

Author of "Lily & Me", "The Royal Navy & Me" and Chapter XXl Armageddon. Writer, blogger and RN Submariner, antique automobile enthusiast.
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5 Responses to When Silence is not Golden!!!

  1. Michael Czuboka says:

    Irish Rover:

    I have been reading, with great interest, your comments about the Royal Canadian Legion, and I essentially agree with your observations.

    Please scroll down to read the messages I have circulated to my correspondents.

    Please briefly respond.

    Regards, Michael Czuboka, 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, Korean War (1950-1953). ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

    Brian Koshul, Media Relations: Brian:

    Thank you for forwarding me the letter from Royal Canadian Legion President David Flannigan. It is reproduced immediately below. This letter was previously received and circulated by me to my many military correspondents. In my opinion Flannigan’s letter does not address, except in limited way, the problems pointed out by me and many others. I sent the following letter, dated July 27th to President Flannigan by regular mail because the Legion does not provide an e-mail address. E-mail transmissions to the Legion must take place by an awkward “fill in the following space” procedure.

    You many have already received one or more of the following messages. In any event, please forward this to anyone who may be interested. I am taking the liberty of sending a copy to Jim Popplow and I hope that he will share it with his members.

    I apologize for the length of this transmission! Please keep scrolling down.

    Regards, Michael “Mike” Czuboka

    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

    This Message sent to members of the Korea Veterans Associaton by Brian Koshul:

    THANKS TO JIM POPPLOW OF THE ROYAL MILITARY INSTITUTE OF MANITOBA FOR PASSING THIS ALONG. BRIAN

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    • irishroverpei says:

      Thanks for the strong support Robby, However, I hope and I believe there are many more members in this battle besides me.

  3. Doug Roberts says:

    Great work ask them why they don’t support a voluntary service medal LOL that ought to be rich

    • irishroverpei says:

      Hi Doug thanks for your supportive comments. But why don’t you ask that question yourself re Volunteer medal. The more people that send emails the better, send it to brucepouline@legion.ca I doubt he will answer but that doesn’t matter he will still get the message. Regarding your question about a volunteer or defense medal, it was raised in parliament but voted down. However, I have since been told it was re raised and this time approved. I have nothing in writing or any actual proof as yet but fingers crossed. Government is getting a lot of flack over poor treatment of veterans. They may just see the issue of this medal as a way of saying they care.
      Yours Aye Ben

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