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Summerland Legion offers Buddy Check Coffee program

Branch is one of two in B.C. to offer the support service to veterans
The Summerland Legion is one of two Legion branches in British Columbia to offer the Buddy Check Coffee program for veterans, their families and caregivers. (Summerland Review file photo)

The Summerland branch of the Royal Canadian Legion is offering a program for veterans to meet and share their experiences and stories.

The Summerland branch and the Aldergrove branch are the only two Legion branches in British Columbia to offer the Buddy Check Program.

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The program is held on the last Saturday of each month at the Summerland Legion, 14205 Rosedale Ave., from 9 to 11 a.m.

John Lawrie, first vice-president of the Summerland Legion, said the program gives veterans an opportunity to share their experiences and stories. Veterans, their families and caregivers are invited to attend, and there is no requirement to be a member of the Legion.

In addition to providing support to veterans, Lawrie said the program also helps connect veterans with the services and assistance available to them.

The legion also offers programs and support for mental health, homelessness, financial assistance, transitioning to civilian life and more.

The next Buddy Check Coffee event will be at the legion branch on Saturday, June 24 from 9 to 11 a.m.

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