The Crescent Beach Pipe Band joined veterans and cadets at Semiahmoo Shopping Centre Oct. 27.

Poppy campaign ‘more important than ever’

Veterans on the Semiahmoo Peninsula hope this year's poppy campaign will raise more than $30,000

Proceeds from the 2013 poppy campaign will go to help young veterans who’ve had their benefits cut, local organizers say.

“Legions are upset with the way the government has devastated the benefits,” said Doug Milne, past-president of the Crescent Beach Legion.

“These young vets, they’re really getting stabbed in the back.”

Milne was referring to the federal government’s decision to alter the way wounded soldiers are compensated, outlined in the New Veterans Charter.

Crescent Beach Pipe Band

Veterans Affairs Canada describes the charter as “a more complete approach to helping our men and women injured in the line of duty.”

Key, notes information on the VAC website, “is that it shifts the focus from a lifetime of disability to encouraging ‘wellness’.”

But Milne said the reality is it cuts benefits to new veterans by 95 per cent.

Efforts are underway to resolve the issue.

In September, Justice Gary Weatherill ruled a lawsuit filed against the govern

ment over its decision to alter the way wounded soldiers are compensated can proceed.

A report by Veterans Ombudsman Guy Parent released last month calls for improvements to the New Veterans Charter, and criticizes accessibility of the Permanent Impairment Allowance, designed to compensate severely impaired veterans who can’t work. Fifty-three per cent of such veterans do not receive the benefits, the report states.

Milne said that lack of support is why this year’s poppy campaign is so vital.

“It’s more important than ever,” he said.

Local veterans launched the 2013 campaign with an afternoon event Oct. 27 at Semiahmoo ShoppingCentre. The Crescent Beach Pipe Band marched veterans and cadets through the mall before performing a small concert in the food-court area.

It went “absolutely fantastic,” Milne said.

It’s hoped this year’s fundraising will outdo that of 2012, when a little more than $30,000 was raised.

The funds also benefit local cadets programs, he noted.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

East White Rock crosswalk, speed bumps proposed

Report on costs and implications requested by council

Semi and BMW collide on South Surrey highway

At least one person to hospital, both vehicles sustained significant damage

White Rock dogs-on-promenade survey shows majority approval

City figures suggest that off-season program could continue

UPDATE: Pedestrian dies after being hit by bus in uptown White Rock

Collision occurred July 3 at North Bluff Road and Johnston Road

PHOTOS: South Surrey tractor project evokes ‘$1-million smile,’ helps connect neighbours

Retired Surrey firefighter Ron Henze began project for friend’s dad to fill time during pandemic

QUIZ: A celebration of dogs

These are the dog days of summer. How much do you know about dogs?

Police ramp up efforts to get impaired drivers off B.C. roads this summer

July is dedicated to the Summer CounterAttack Impaired Driving Campaign

Migrant workers stage multi-city action for full status amid COVID-19 risks

‘COVID-19 has exacerbated an existing crisis’

Okanagan school drops ‘Rebels’ sports team name, citing links with U.S. Civil War

Name and formerly-used images “fly in the face” of the district’s human rights policy, says board chair

PHOTOS: B.C.’s top doc picks up personalized Fluevog shoes, tours mural exhibition

Murals of Gratitude exhibit includes at least one portrait of Henry alongside paintings of health-care workers

Langley vigil demands justice for Ontario animal activist killed protesting slaughterhouse

More than two dozen people gathered at Britco Pork to remember Regan Russell, and fight Bill 156

In troubled times: Independence Day in a land of confusion

Buffeted by invisible forces and just plain worn out, the United States of America celebrates its 244th birthday

Stop enforcing sex work laws during COVID-19, advocates say

There are provisions in Canada’s prostitution laws that make workers immune from prosecution, but not from arrest

Liberal party finished 2019 having spent $43 million, raised $42 million

All political parties had until midnight June 30 to submit their financial reports for last year

Most Read

l -->