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Legion Helps Hundreds of Homeless Veterans in 2015

Jan 25, 2016
La Légion est venue en aide aux vétérans sans-abri en 2015

OTTAWA, ON, 25 January 2016 – Hundreds of homeless and near homeless Veterans have been helped by The Royal Canadian Legion in 2015 through its “Leave the Streets Behind” program.

“The Royal Canadian Legion has the resources to help Veterans directly and immediately,” says Dominion President of The Royal Canadian Legion, Tom Eagles. In 2015 alone, the Legion distributed approximately $16.5 Million from our Poppy Funds to Veterans in need – including homeless and near homeless Veterans.

“The plight of homeless and near homeless Veterans is of growing concern with an estimated 2,250 of them throughout the country,” adds Eagles. “The Legion’s “Leave the Streets Behind” program provides immediate financial help and support when and where needed. It also connects the Veteran with the appropriate social and community services to establish a long-term solution to meet their needs,’ says Eagles.

Grants are available for food, bus passes, clothing, prescription medication and emergency shelter or assistance.

“Some people talk about Veterans, while others try to do something about it. Helping our homeless and near homeless Veterans is one more reason why joining the Legion is one of the best ways to help Veterans who, in many cases, have sacrificed so much for this nation and now find themselves asking for a hand-up and not a hand-out,” says Eagles.

If you are a Veteran or you know a Veteran that is homeless or near homeless please contact a Service Officers at the Legion at:

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For further information please contact Bruce Poulin at Dominion Command, The Royal Canadian Legion at (613) 591-3335 ext. 241 or by cell at (613) 292-8760 or bruce.poulin@legion.ca.