Support Our Troops Funds and Outreach Program. Saskatchewan Command of The Royal Canadian Legion 46th Biennial Convention 17 October 2011. Jennifer Rankine MFF/HC Manager. Support Our Troops Funds. Military Families Fund (MFF) Soldier On Fund Hospital Comforts Fund
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Saskatchewan Command of The Royal Canadian Legion
46th Biennial Convention
17 October 2011
Assists military families faced with unforeseen and immediate needs that are attributed to conditions of service
MFF Executive Committee advisory to CDS
Relies on engagement by/support from the Chain of CommandMilitary Families Fund
Coordinated and synergized with other programs
It is not an entitlement or a benefit
Receipts must be retained
Funding only to be spent on intended purpose
Unused funding to be returnedMilitary Families Fund Con’t
Any individual related by blood or law to a serving or former CF member or to a member of that individual’s immediate family
An individual not related by blood or law if the relationship between the CF member and individual has been of significanceMFF Beneficiaries
Access to fund through mulitiple sources – Chain of Command, MFRCs, Padre, SISIP Financial Counsellors, VAC, the Legion, JPSUs/IPSCs etc.
For those at the Base/Wing level – cases will be channelled back through the Chain of Command
(JPSU/IPSC Chain of Command is DCSM)How do clients access the fund?
Link to conditions of service Command, MFRCs, Padre, SISIP Financial Counsellors, VAC, the Legion, JPSUs/IPSCs etc.
Financial distress or financial hardship
A grant must resolves the situation
Other (the right thing to do)MFF Criteria
Within Canada - Covered travel expenses for parents to visit their son in the hospital (member had been injured in an IED blast)
Assisted with the costs associated with behavioural therapy for a member’s six-year old autistic son
Covered the cost of counseling for a mom of a young soldier diagnosed with PTSD. Coverage under PSHCP had been maxed out.MFF Case Examples
Funds to cover furniture necessities and winter clothing for three nieces. The parents had been killed in an accident.
Member terminally ill – assistance to cover the cost of medical supplies, wheelchair rental.
Short-term income subsidy for a spouse who had to quit her job to care for her husband who had been injured.MFF Case Examples
MFF / SOT overhead three nieces. The parents had been killed in an accident.
includes costs associated with 1-877 telephone line, postage, honorariums, Interac fees, BMO Prepaid card Admin fees and some supplies.
Average Overhead: $1.5K (avg FY 07/08-09/10): 1.3%
United Way overhead expenses 2009: 16%
Camp Oochigeas 2009 (low std): 7%
Not included above – about half of the honoraria are returned to the funds as donations
Staff salaries are publicly reimbursed and not paid by the FundMilitary Families Fund cont’d
Supports the Soldier On Program in improving the quality of life of injured/ill CF personnel through fitness, recreation and sport
Soldier On Fund used to satisfy needs beyond the scope/mandate of Public FundingSoldier On Fund
Ensures hospitalized CF members have access to toiletries, reading materiel and other basic comforts, including telephone and internet
Applies equally to injuries, accidents, surgeries, as well as addiction and mental health treatments
Since 2006, benefit has been extended to more than 1,000 members
Annual draw on the fund is @ 150 KHospital Comforts Fund
Approved Since 2007
Provides a Christmas gift to every deployed CF Member reading materiel and other basic comforts, including telephone and internet
In 2010 – received donations from 78 Canadian Corporations and other donors
4449 CF members at 19 locationsOP Santa Claus
Working with the following external stakeholders to identify program/funding gaps and overlaps:
True Patriot Love Foundation,
Canada Company, Royal Canadian Legion,
Camp Maple Leaf, Wounded Warrior,
Military Casualty Support Foundation,
Canadian Hero Fund, Vacation for Vets; Holidays for Heroes
Moving forward, efforts will be cooperative, integrated and harmonizedOutreach
Questions? program/funding gaps and overlaps: