Playing politics

I was shocked and saddened by the internet attack on the Royal British Legion Scotland after a decision to shorten its day-to-day trading name to Legion Scotland (your report, 7 November).

This was carried out many months ago and in my judgment it was done with consultation and sound reasoning in order to appeal to a wider audience.

Now it seems that all its great work has been hijacked by those wishing to make 
political capital out of the plight of veterans.

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Whatever you want to call it, Legion Scotland’s members turn out selflessly every year to raise millions for other charities including Poppy Scotland and they also carry out incredible work getting veterans their pension and disability entitlements as well as funding family visits south of the Border to those Scottish-based injured service personnel who are cared for in English hospitals.

It is Legion Scotland members who tirelessly attend services of remembrance including the UK First World War commemoration event in Glasgow where many members in their eighties marched to commemorate the fallen.

So instead of using Legion Scotland as a political football perhaps you could support the aims of the organisation by buying a poppy.

David Cruickshanks

Falklands veteran