Stolen Valour – Treatment of Veterans


It seems we see more and more of these phonies popping up these days. Stolen Valour appear to be doing a good job spotting them, but what about the legion branches?. Are they just so intent on recruiting new members they don’t care what their backgrounds are or if they actually served.

Why does the legions not require some form of proof of service before accepting these people.

I can’t recall having to prove my claims of service I was never required to furnish proof, show my service docs or anything else, I was taken at my word.  I could have easily claimed I’d been Admiral of the Fleet or some similar ridiculous rank and nobody would have check!!!! (well maybe if Admiral of the Fleet!!).

I have no recollection of ever being asked for proof of service when I joined the legion some thirty years ago. Or more recently (2014) when I transferred my membership to the Wellington branch. I was asked to fill out a couple of forms listing my legion history and military service. No one, to my knowledge checked?

I left the Wellington branch at the first meeting in January 2016  I was appalled to learn they applied a double standard for veterans. Example WW2 and Korean vets and their wives eat free at remembrance day banquets, all other vets paid for their wives. I raise this issue as being blatantly wrong, all veterans should be treated equally. The response surprised and offended me. The president said, “We can look into it, but there is no rush remembrance is a long way off” I tried to explain this wasn’t about a free dinner it was about recognizing all veterans equally. The president then turned to Gilles Pinchaud the Provincial Command rep at the meeting. He decided to give the members his definition of what/who qualifies as a veteran. Egads!!! did he really think I or other veterans needed him to tell us if we were really veterans???? Anyway, nothing changed that night, I put it down to the fact one could have counted the vets in attendance on one hand. I left the meeting and never returned, I never renewed my membership the following year or since.

How about this!!!!  If you go to the Motor Vehicle Registration office on PEI and request a Veterans License plate, they ask you for proof of service, service records etc.

Can this RCL continue to exists the way it operates and treats real veterans?????

God Bless and keep reading

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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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One Response to Stolen Valour – Treatment of Veterans

  1. Ira says:

    I am very upset that the Provincial Commander did not know the definition of a Veteran from the Dominion By Laws. That is the problem we are seeing more and more, people are elected without reading the costly By Laws. Most elected are there because of popularity 😦

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