Ex Service men association looks for home

St. John’s Antigua- Members of Antigua & Barbuda Ex-servicemen’s Association are still in search of a building to house their headquarters.

The war veterans were promised the former Officers’ Barracks at Victoria Park, formerly Botanical Gardens, however midway through the negotiations they were told the building was earmarked for the Environment Division.

Public Relations Officer for the association, Johnson Browne said the search is still on.

He said however, the association hopes to occupy the Environment Building once it becomes vacant.

“They promised us the building that the Environment Division is in presently and they should be transferring to the Botanical Gardens, Browne said.

He said the absence of a headquarters is stifling the full functions and operation of the association, which seeks to look after the welfare of all Antigua & Barbudan ex-servicemen and women, and in particular the “dwindling number of WWII veterans”.

“Just last week we could not have our meeting at the usual meeting place, we had to hold it at the Antigua Recreation Grounds,”he added.

Also chief on the association’s agenda is securing some sort of funding for old veterans who are not receiving any assistance outside of what comes from government.

The association has since applied to the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Service League (RCEL) in the UK for membership, to be able to access funds for World War II Veterans.

“We are in contact with the head office in London and they are waiting for us to be fully registered before we can start the process,”

One of the requirements for membership to the RCEL is to appoint two reputable Antiguan & Barbudan nationals, living in the UK, to serve on the Commonwealth Council.

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