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Update Information – 3rd Annual Regimental Association Ball

3rd ANNUAL REGIMENTAL DINNER & DANCE—9th March 2019

We have your seat reserved for the 2019 Anniversary Dinner & Dance. Join us as we commemorate the 157th Anniversary of the founding of our great Regiment. Hosted by the Association, this cornerstone event brings together the Regimental Family to celebrate as one.

This year’s event will again be held at the Argonaut Rowing Club located at 1225 Lakeshore Blvd West, beside the Legion.

Reception starts at 1900 hours, with dinner at 2000 hours. You will have a choice of a vegetarian or chicken selection as part of a 3 course meal. There will be door prizes, a general draw, and a 50/50 draw with all proceeds supporting the Association’s activities. Looking forward to seeing more of you out this year! WWII veterans with a caregiver will be accommodated by the Association at our cost.  Please use the form that’s included in the newsletter to order your tickets and indicate your meal preference.

Cheques to be made out to ‘R Regt C Association’. Cost is $100.00 per ticket.

 

 

Veterans Concerns Committee Report – August 2018

Few of us like to think about the end of our lives, and the pre-planning that should be done. There are many costly pitfalls and mistakes that we, and our loved ones can make as we approach the eventual end of our lives. In this first article in a series, that I have (tongue in cheek) called “The Dead End”,  I will focus on the benefits often overlooked by Veterans, and their families.  This big blind spot of available military benefits holds true especially for Regular Force Vets with short service, and for most Reserve Force Vets. – Why? – This awareness gap exists, because 75% of Reservists leave the CF before age 30, as do many Reg. Force Vets with only short service. –  And so, many decades later, neither the Vets, nor their families, are usually aware of the military related benefits that still trail after their decades old service in uniform.

First of all, every Vet should have proof of Canadian military service (name, service number, rank and dates served), and have photo copies provided to whoever will likely look after them, as their future health declines. At the end of this article I will provide an address where Vets can apply (free of charge) for the replacement of their military discharge papers. It typically takes 3-4 months for these documents to be sent from Ottawa. So it is wise to make such request in writing more than a year, before special Nursing Home or death benefit assistance may be needed for the Veteran.

Three (3) service related reasons that Veterans often overlook are:

  1. As a Veteran’s health declines, there may be reason (severe illness, blindness, dementia, etc.) to want Nursing Home care, where admission is controlled by local Community Care Access Centres (CCAC’s), and wait lists typically range from 6 months to 15 months or longer, depending on the community. A small percentage of many Nursing Homes’ beds are reserved for Vets, where next of kin with proof of their person’s military service can claim a bed, and skip the long waiting line for admission.
  1. As a Vet is dying, or has just died most Ontario cemeteries have a Veterans’ section available, generally for cremations only, where the actual tiny plot can be purchased for about half the regular price. A recent example, here in Kitchener, where we live, was $650 for a Veteran and $1210 for others. Again, proof of military service was needed!
  1. Veterans’ Affairs Canada funds and maintains an often overlooked “Last Post Fund”, which is aimed at Veterans with modest means or assets, which would make it difficult to pay for a normal funeral. There are different qualification criteria for single Vets, as opposed to Vets with a spouse or children. The Last Post Fund is a wonderful and dignified program, and they pay up to about $7500 for a needy Veteran funeral.  There is an option for the Last Post Fund to take charge of the whole funeral, or to reimburse the will’s Executor or family for actual funeral costs up to one year after the event.

Again,  details of the Veteran’s Canadian Military Service should be available.

For detailed information go to:  [email protected]

or telephone the Last Post Fund at 1-800-465-7113.

Any other questions?

Remember, our Veterans’ Concerns Committee (VCC) have wide-ranging breadths and depths of knowledge and experience. The VCC members are:

Valorie Flynn, Glen Moore, Alan Nanders (chair), Ron Saranic & Gary Stafford.

Let us know what your questions and concerns are.

Cordially,

Ich dien,

Alan

Alan Nanders (Chair VCC)

519-573-2829 (Kitchener)

[email protected]

Dieppe Commemoration Sunday August 19 2018 11:00 Hrs FYA

On Sunday August 19 2018 at 11:00 hrs there will be a ceremony to commemorate the 76th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid at Fort York Armoury. Members of the Blue Beach Every Man Remembered group will also attend, with displays of artifacts from the Raid. A reception in the Sgt’s Mess will follow the ceremony.

Timings:  10:30 hrs

Dress:  Number 1 – Red Beret, Cap Badge, Regimental Blazer with Crest, Tie with Medals, Grey Pants and Black Shoes.

RSVP:  Association Secretary – Leo Afonso – [email protected]

 

Veterans Concerns Committee Report – July 2018

Real Advantages for Veterans

Fellow Veterans,

Many thanks to our Veteran-minded M.P. Harold Albrecht for inviting former Service Personnel to this now Annual Luncheon at splendid Puddicombe’s in New Hamburg today, 10 July 2018. (I have fond memories of my former M.P. Stephen Woodworth hosting similar events in Kitchener Centre until 2015.)

As a fellow Veteran, I chair a Veterans’ Concerns Committee (V.C.C.) for my old unit (The Royal Regiment of Canada Association.) – With my background, as a retired Soldier, retired high school teacher, and Waterloo Regional Seniors Rep., there are advantages and benefits many of us Veterans often overlook:

1. Via Rail offers 25% off the lowest advertised train fares for Veterans (with proof) and spouses, children or even grand-children, as long as all travel together. Many other businesses, such as hotels, auto rentals and some chain stores often give from 10% to 20% or more “off” their regular rates.

2. Both Air Canada and West Jet allow CF Members and Veterans (with proof) to check either 3 or 4 pieces of luggage free of charge on any booked flight.

3. Our Grand River Transit (GRT) allows honourably discharged Veterans aged 65 or older and who live in Waterloo Region to apply for a (life-time) picture ID Veterans Pass for a one-time fee of only $5.

4. Also, and although we do not like to think about it, most public cemeteries in Waterloo Region offer greatly reduced (almost half-price) cremation burial lots for all who have served, and their spouses.

5. In all of the above examples, there is a common need to establish actual Veteran status. There are several ways to do this: An actual discharge certificate along with a photo ID, such as a driver’s licence or an Ontario Photo Card (strongly recommended for all Seniors, who are no longer drivers), these will do. You can also write to National Archives in Ottawa.-
But it may be easier to apply for a Canadian Forces “CF1” card , which will also identify a Veteran. You can apply for a CF1 card by calling 1-855-245-0330, or go on line: www.cf1fc.ca.

6. Please remember, a Veteran is anyone who has served and was honourably discharged. My friend Bernie, for example, served in the Militia from 1960 to 1962, and died recently at age 84. A very proud man, but not a rich man, Bernie had luckily ordered replacement military records from Ottawa about a decade ago. As a result Bernie joined the Legion, and got a free Grand River bus pass, which came in handy when he could no longer drive after age 80. He is buried in the Veterans’ section of Williamsburg Cemetery, and a claim was submitted to the “Last Post Fund”, subsidised by Veterans’ Affairs Canada to help cover his burial costs. – Thus Bernie’s last 10 years were made better and easier, because he had proof of being a Veteran!

7. Veterans should not overlook Veterans’ Affairs Canada for any service related health claims, even many years later. – After my own 70th birthday a hearing specialist M.D. in Kitchener determined that most of my hearing loss was due to noise trauma as a young adult. As my military records proved, I had served several summers as a Range Safety Officer at CF Bases in the 1960’s. Nobody then had thought of using “ear defenders.” – About 16 months after applying, Veterans’ Affairs offered me: free hearing aids and service for life, and a tax-free settlement, which bought me a nice new SUV.

And the list goes on, including specially reserved Veterans beds at some Nursing Homes, and other such benefits…. all for Veterans!

If you have questions feel free to contact me.
Best at: [email protected] – Or leave a message at 519-741-0005.

Regards to fellow Veterans!

Alan Nanders
(Kitchener)
10 July 2018