Curphey Home Workday
The Jamaica Defence Force Ex-Soldiers Association – Western Chapter was founded in October of 2008. It is affiliated with the Jamaica Legion and hence the addition to its name “Montego Bay Branch of the Jamaica Legion, R.C.E.L (Royal Commonwealth Ex-Servicemen League), the umbrella organization that covers all ex- servicemen/women who served in Her Majesty’s Forces.
The Chapter was initially formed with twelve (12) members and to date the membership has grown to more than Ninety Eight (98) registered members. Meetings are held at the Burke Barracks Delta Company 3rd Battalion, Jamaica Regiment National Reserve in Montego Bay.
The association meets on the last Sunday of each month, commencing at 1500 hours.
Our Motto “SERVICE NOT SELF” speaks to the nonprofit nature of the association and its executive and members provide unselfish service to satisfy the wide ranging needs of its members.
Our central goal is to assist men and women who have served in the Army, Navy or Air Force, especially those who are financially or physically challenged and often times without adequate or alternate support. We also engage in Family oriented events which builds camaraderie and goodwill among our members and the wider community.
As part of its mandate and to raise much needed funds, the association has held annual fund raising events with its Flagship fundraiser being the staging of an annual band concert featuring the Jamaica Military Band. This event also signals the launch of the annual poppy appeal drive. Fifty percent of the funds raised from this event assist in supporting the welfare needs of the ex-service men and women in Western Jamaica and its environs. This includes assistance with their medical care, transportation to and from the hospital as well as limited funeral expense assistance. Our members contribute significantly from their pockets to assist in subsidizing these demands. The other fifty percent of the funds raised is channeled to the Jamaica Legion to assist with the maintenance of Curphey Home in Manchester, which provides nursing care for ex-servicemen/women across Jamaica.
We are proud of the advances made since our inception and invite all ex–servicemen/women to come onboard, be a part of this great institution and help to build it into a strong and vibrant organization that will support its members in fulfilling the mandate of the Association.