By Aaron Humes: Ex-servicemen, relatives and those associated with the pre-Independence armed forces can get a windfall through the Belize Ex-Services League.
On the occasion of Remembrance Day, League General Secretary and Office Manager Valerie Richardson announced that the British Government is to assist, through the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League (RCXL), veterans from Belize and their kin who served before Independence in 1981 in such organizations as the British Honduras Volunteer Guard.
The Government of the United Kingdom voted annual grants of £900 (BZ$2,331.48) to each veteran and widow, complementing established grants from the RCXL.
“We are asking all those who served prior to 1981 – whether you served with the British Honduras Volunteer Guard or any other forces with the Royal Commonwealth – I would like them to come, get in contact with the League or any one of our representatives in the districts, no later than mid-December, so that we can submit their information to the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League for assistance for 2020,” Richardson said.
Already qualified are the small number of needy World War-era veterans, widows and all who served and their widows.
The funds are directed mainly for personal needs such as food, but according to Richardson, they will not insist if the recipients decide to spend the money on other needs or for dependents.
Before this, the funds made available from the RCXL and Royal Canadian Legion was divided roughly 2 to 1 between veterans and widows. Efforts have been made to make this more equal.