On Monday, July 22nd, The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defense announced $3 Million in new funding benefiting Veterans. Of the organisations slated to receive funding, Old Mission Brewery in Montreal, where the announcement was made, will receive $890,000 for their Sentinels of the Street program, which aims to provide affordable, permanent housing solutions as well as psycho-social support for ex-soldiers in need.
Last Post Fund is proud to partner with Old Brewery Mission as part of their outreach Mission to Veterans. Following our meeting to discuss homeless Veterans' needs with President and CEO Matthew Pearce in March of this year, Last Post Fund created a special identity card now offered to Veterans seeking support or shelter at the Mission. This card identifies the bearer as a Veteran and features our contact information, should they be hospitalized or found inanimate or deceased.
For many, this identification is important as they may not have family to advocate for them. The situation that brought about the foundation of the Last Post Fund in 1909 - the death of Trooper James Daly from starvation and exposure - is, sadly, still at risk of happening today.
Posters announcing our services as well as wallet cards have been made available at homeless shelters across Montreal. If you would like more information about the Last Post Fund Veteran Identification card, please contact Last Post Fund National Office at 1-800-465-7113.