Its a little strange how I became involved in the many issues regarding the legion. I began my own campaign a few years ago to have section 419 of the criminal code amended to allow blood relatives to wear late loved ones medals (right breast) to Remembrance day and other suitable occasions. I was quite frankly stunned by the negative reaction and rude rebuffs I received from Provincial and Dominion Commands. However, since those early days I have learned we have so many other issues that are all equally being ignored by the leadership. In the last week or two the hits on my blog have soared from a couple of thousand per month to over 25 thousand last month alone. September is still climbing and my list of followers growing rapidly . I would like to sum up the results, thoughts and learning’s from so very many posts and comments. Two major issues appear to top the list of our dissatisfied veteran membership, (1) Associate Members (2) lack of transparency from Dominion Command. Nevertheless, I cannot offer any simple remedies or solutions. I certainly do not have the answers, but I do have a couple of suggestions which members may or may not agree with. I believe the biggest problem veterans have with associates ( including myself) is they wear the legion uniform, wear many legion service medals (right breast) and to the general public look and act like veterans. They parade within the ranks of veterans and receive the same applause and salutations as veterans. A while back I suggested veterans should wear a different blazer, perhaps Red it would fit nicely with Red Fridays and would certainly set us apart. I would like to see the legion discontinue these cheap service medals and replace with lapel pins. Regarding the issue of transparency! Dominion must release the costs of salaries, expenses and travel. Doing so would,I believe, go along way to mending fences. However, having said this, I will not be holding my breath waiting to see any of these suggested changes taking place. I unfortunately agree with Tony Miles, the veterans are going elsewhere and the Royal Canadian Legion will soon fade into history.
This associate member Tom Eagles has never served a day in his life, Note:- he is dress in legion uniform with a chest full of medals right and left, Twelve in total.
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