The Saskatchewan Veterans Service Club Support Program is well-received by the military service clubs it is intended to help. The $100,000 program, announced last November by Premier Scott Moe, is fully subscribed, with 25 organizations receiving funding grants to tackle much-needed repairs and upgrades to buildings and equipment.
The organizations include the Weyburn branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, which received $5,000 towards repairs of water damage in the Legion Hall.
“These grants support the Royal Canadian Legion Saskatchewan Command (Legion) and the Saskatchewan Army, Navy, Air Force Veterans (ANAVETS) properties around the province,” Parks, Culture, and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said. “In many cases, the surrounding areas also benefit, as many facilities are also community spaces, in addition to their important role of serving veterans.”
The program was implemented as part of the 2019-20 budget to provide funding grants to registered, non-profit military service clubs, Legion branches and ANAVETS units based in Saskatchewan.
The grant program strengthens and contributes to the long-term sustainability of military service clubs as well as engage, promote and inspire not only the veterans, but their families and communities.
“These funds have been put to good use across the province and have provided sustainability to branches and units,” Royal Canadian Legion Saskatchewan Command President Keith Andrews said. “We thank the provincial government for honouring the sacrifices of those who provided us with our freedom.”
The Legion and ANAVETS are an integral part of Saskatchewan communities. The program repairs and upgrades allow for military clubs to continue serving as community hubs, to support the important work of veterans and to help keep the memory of fallen heroes alive.