The Member of Parliament for Dauphin—Swan River—Neepawa says he’s advocating for Legion Branches that have been hit hard by the COVID situation.

Dan Mazier tells CKDM that Legions play an integral role in Canada, especially in rural communities.

In a social media post, Mazier announced the Minnedosa Legion will be receiving $11,000 in financial support from Veteran’s Affairs Canada.

A total of $14-million will be distributed to Legion Branches across the country while they struggle with operating costs as a result of COVID.

Branches had until December 7 to submit their funding applications.

“They lost all their ability to have gatherings, to have lotteries or any of that kind of stuff — and I think going forward they need to be part of the recovery plan as well. I certainly will keep advocating to support of Legions,” said Mazier.

Mazier calls the financial relief “a small price to pay to save these institutions, especially when you consider the price paid by those members who served our country.”

“The smaller the community, the more important they are.”

He calls the funding for Legion Branches a good news story, but also a reminder that so many branches are going through a difficult time.

Mazier says he wants to make sure Legions aren’t forgotten in the nationwide recovery, post-COVID.