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Legion Working With Joint Personnel Support Unit

Discussions are currently underway on a pilot project involving Alberta–Northwest Territories Command and its Service Bureau in Edmonton. The aim of the initiative is to co-locate a command service officer with the recently created Integrated Personnel Support Centre (IPSC) at the military Garrison in Edmonton. The support centres were created to make available a number of centralized resources, including Veterans Affairs Canada, social workers, stress injury support staff and other key players, to military casualties and their families. The proposal to incorporate a service officer was initially broached by the commanding officer of the Joint Personnel Support Unit, Lieutenant-Colonel Joe Pollard. The JPSU is the Headquarter element for the IPSCs at Edmonton, Wainwright, Cold Lake a...
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Legion Teams Up With Military Family Services

The Royal Canadian Legion is reaching out to modern veterans, military members and families through a new partnership with Directorate Military Family Services (DMFS). Though the two organizations have always been friendly, the Legion and DMFS are now solidifying their relationship and encouraging collaboration, information sharing and new partnerships at the local and national levels. “We feel that it is a necessity to come together,” says Pierre Allard, director of the Dominion Command Service Bureau. “We see how military family service organizations are transforming, and we want to make sure the Legion is part of that evolution.” Partnerships between local Legion branches and Military Family Resource Centres (MFRCs) are already well underway in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Albert...
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Partnership Strengthens Outreach To Military Families

The Halifax and Region Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) has teamed up with The Royal Canadian Legion to open both of their doors, phone lines, websites and in-boxes to a whole new crop of military families. Since 2006, the MFRC has hosted a twice-yearly series of family awareness sessions at Legion branches around the province, reaching out to small communities to raise awareness about the military family services available. Bernie Mullin-Splude, the MFRC’s outreach co-ordinator, says “The Legion is the community centre in most small towns in this province. And since we both do the same kind of work—support for serving and former Canadian Forces (CF) members and their families—the Legion was very enthusiastic about working with us. So, we put together a series of briefings and ...
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We Care

It has often been asked by Canadian Forces (CF) members and veterans seeking a disability claim if there are any advantages associated with using the services of a command service officer of The Royal Canadian Legion Service Bureau Network. While all advocates bring their own qualities and strengths, we would like to think that the Legion service officers are a special breed. We are there to serve those who serve. Indeed, Legion command service officers are former members of the CF, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Veterans Affairs Canada, with extensive time and experience with the Service Bureau Network. We understand CF/ RCMP terminology, culture and operational practices. This unique background between a Legion service officer and a CF member or veteran promotes a good understa...
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Class Action Launched

If you are a former member of the Canadian Forces whose Service Income Security Insurance Plan (SISIP) Long Term Disability (LTD) benefits have been reduced by the amount of your monthly disability pension from Veterans Affairs Canada, you should know that you can be part of a class action lawsuit. If the action succeeds or is settled out of court, your entitlement to an award will depend upon your individual circumstances. The Federal Court of Canada has certified the case of Dennis Manuge against the government as a class action. Under the terms of the SISIP LTD plan, an amount equal to 75 per cent of the disabled former member’s pay at release is payable but is reduced by payments received from the VAC disability pension. The class action challenges the authority of the federal...
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