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Legion Supports VAC Extension of Outreach Visitation Initiative Contract

EDMONTON, ALBERTA -- (Marketwired) -- 06/16/14 -- Earlier today the Minister of Veterans Affairs announced that VAC would extend the Outreach Visitation Initiative contract with the Royal Canadian Legion. The Minister made the announcement in front of more than 1,200 Legion delegates at the 45th Legion Dominion Convention.

"This program was in need of an infusion of funds to ensure its sustainability," says Dominion President, Gordon Moore. "Veterans in Long Term Care facilities deserve a certain quality of care that can only be assured through assessment visitations. The Legion is the only Veterans' organization able to respond to this demand with accredited volunteers," adds Moore. It is important to clarify this work is done by the Legion under contract to government. This is not funding provided by government to support the Legion in any way.

Veterans Affairs Canada currently supports more than 8,700 Veterans in approximately 1,750 facilities and does not have available resources to conduct visits with a large number of Veterans in long term care facilities. The extension of this contract will allow the Legion volunteer network to increase its visits to Veterans from approximately 4,000 to 8,000 of those who are receiving financial assistance from the Department for long term care.

This contract allows the Legion to visit and include a proactive and formal visit to monitor Veterans' needs. Under this contract the government is able to meet its obligations to these Veterans thanks to the efforts of The Royal Canadian Legion and its dedicated members and volunteers.

ABOUT THE LEGION

Established in 1926, the Legion is the largest Veterans' and community support organization in Canada with more than 300,000 members. Its mission is to serve all Veterans including serving Canadian Armed Forces and Royal Canadian Mounted Police members as well as their families, to promote Remembrance and to serve our communities and our country.

The Legion's Service Bureau Network provides assistance and representation to all Veterans regarding their disability claims, benefits and services from Veterans Affairs Canada and the Veterans Review and Appeal Board. In communities across Canada it is the Legion that perpetuates Remembrance through the Poppy Campaign and Remembrance Day ceremonies. With more than 1, 440 branches, the Legion supports programs for seniors, Veterans' housing, outreach and visitation, youth leadership, education, sports, Cadets, Guides and Scouts.

We Will Remember Them.

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