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Licence plates raise $2.5-M for military families

A Canadian Armed Forces representative met with government last week to express thanks for the Support Our Troops specialty licence plate program.

Sean N. Cantelon, CEO of Canadian Forces morale and welfare services, spoke with Service Alberta Minister Nate Glubish and military liaison Brad Rutherford to express his personal thanks and appreciation for Alberta’s specialty licence plate program.

“We truly appreciate the province of Alberta’s endorsement and support of this program, which serves as an excellent role model for other provinces who are putting in place similar programs.” Cantelon said.

The province launched its Support Our Troops program in 2014 and Albertans have responded strongly — buying nearly 45,000 plates since then.

This public support resulted in almost $2.5-million raised for Support Our Troops.

The Canadian Armed Forces official charitable cause is operated by Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services.

Support Our Troops provides financial support and assistance to military members and families who make Alberta their home.

“The men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces provide a tremendous service to our province, country and the international community and it is difficult to find ways to express our appreciation to them and their families for their service and sacrifice,” Glubish said. “This program enables Albertans to show their support in a small, but meaningful way. It is inspiring to see these plates on so many Alberta vehicles, knowing the significant difference these donations have made to the lives of military families.”

Money raised from the Support Our Troops specialty licence plate program help current and former members of the Canadian Armed Forces and their families in Alberta through organizations that provide support for children’s programs, scholarships, family assistance, veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and other initiatives.

Specialty plates are sold at Alberta registry offices for $75 plus applicable registry fees.

Of the total cost, $55 goes directly to the Canadian Armed Forces Support Our Troops program.

The government retains $20 from each plate sold to offset the cost of production and mailing.

Alberta’s Support Our Troops specialty licence plates have raised $2.5-million for military families.

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