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The Plan for the ‘Last Post Fund’

February 1, 2013

PoppiesThere are some things that the Canadian Government does that defy any reasonable explanation.

On November 15, 2012, I wrote about the Last Post Fund which exists to ensure that no veteran will lack a dignified funeral and burial because he or she cannot afford it, a history that goes back to 1909.  What it actually accomplishes today is something quite different:

  • Since 2006, two-thirds of vets’ families who applied did not receive assistance because, in order to qualify, the combined assets of the spouse and deceased must be no greater than $12,015, an absurdly low figure.
  • Those few who do receive assistance from Veterans Affairs, receive a paltry $3,600 which is based on 1995 funeral rates. The average cost of a funeral today is considered to be around $10-12,000.
  • Worse, absolutely no assistance is given for impoverished veterans of the Cold War, Afghanistan or other theatres of war except in rare circumstances.

Today, having lobbied the Canadian Government for 14 years with no success in an effort to change the above policies, the Last Post Fund has launched a 13 week fundraising campaign led by Retired Major General Lewis MacKenzie asking Canadians to donate so that veterans can receive decent burials.

According to the Last Post Fund website, the first year target of  $3 million (the three-year target is $9 million) will address the following specific needs:

  • To facilitate the dignified burial of financially challenged Veterans who are not eligible for the Funeral and Burial Program.
  • To support the Last Post Fund’s Unmarked Grave Program, whose objective is to provide a permanent  military-style marker for eligible Veterans buried in unmarked graves.
  •  To sustain the development and the perpetual care fund of the Last Post Fund National Field of Honour.

To help our vets until our government finally accepts its responsibilities, you can make a donation online using this form or by  calling 1 (800) 465-7113.

And while the fundraising campaign seeks to provide our vets with decent burials in recognition and thanks for their service on our behalf, the Royal Canadian Legion is asking its members and the public to write to their MPs to demand our government do what is right in this case. You can find the contact information for your MP and for Veterans Affairs Minister Blaney on the government’s website here. Give these vets a voice, it takes only a few minutes to send a letter to your MP. You can make a difference.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. elizabeth Kearns permalink
    February 5, 2013 7:16 am

    Thanks Pat for the update on how this Conservative government has consistently undermined Canada’s world wide reputation as a model of a “Just Society”. And, why
    is General Lewis McKenzie (a war monger in my opinion) so concerned now about our Vets when in fact he ran as a Conservative candidate in a previous election? Something smells here!

    • February 8, 2013 4:00 pm

      Thanks for your comment Elizabeth. The treatment of our soldiers defies explanation and is a poor reflexion on our government.

  2. February 2, 2013 6:38 pm

    A very worthwhile endeavor.


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