Mem­bers of par­lia­ment Jean Rousseau and Pierre-Luc Dusseault Strongly support our Vet­er­ans

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE -

Fed­eral Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment Jean Rousseau (Comp­ton-Stanstead) and Pierre-Luc Dusseault (Sher­brooke) ap­plaud vet­er­ans show­ing sol­i­dar­ity to one of their own, who is cur­rently ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a par­tic­u­larly dif­fi­cult pe­riod, and ask the gov­ern­ment to support the es­tab­lish­ment of close prox­im­ity ser­vices for vet­er­ans.

“Since the clo­sure of the re­gional support of­fices, in­clud­ing the one in Sher­brooke, vet­er­ans lack proper ac­cess to the ser­vices they re­quire”, said MP Rousseau. “De­spite the cur­rent gov­ern­ment’s claims, an in­ter­net site and a tele­phone num­ber do not ad­e­quately coun­sel and support our vet­er­ans”.

Nu­mer­ous re­ports over the past few years have brought to light the se­ri­ous short­com­ings in the treat­ment re­served for vet­er­ans. The women and men who have ded­i­cated years of their lives to the ser­vice their coun­try and who, in many cases, re­quire spe­cial­ized treat­ment, are faced with in­cred­i­ble de­lays and un­ac­cept­able bu­reau­cratic com­pli­ca­tions.

For many vet­er­ans, the af­ter­math of their ser­vice is a daily bur­den, and the state of the cur­rent support sys­tem bor­ders on neg­li­gence. Vet­er­ans ex­pe­ri­ence se­ri­ous health prob­lems which re­quire per­son­al­ized treat­ment and care. They have re­al­is­tic so­lu­tions to pro­pose that would help fill the gaps in the sys­tem, with­out re­quir­ing gar­gan­tuan fund­ing.

“Who bet­ter than the vet­er­ans them­selves to un­der­stand the hard­ships their peers face, and to pro­pose im­prove­ments to per­son­al­ized, ad­e­quate aid? The gov­ern­ment must first ac­knowl­edge the neg­a­tive con­se­quences which have arisen from cuts to Vet­er­ans Af­fairs Canada’s ser­vices, and must then act to rem­edy the sit­u­a­tion, by al­lo­cat­ing proper fund­ing to the or­ga­ni­za­tion vet­er­ans in the Estrie re­gion are putting into place to help their peers”, added MP Dusseault.

“The grat­i­tude we owe them is not re­flected in the limited ser­vices that are cur­rently in place. Our ap­pre­ci­a­tion for their ser­vice to our na­tion should be re­flected in per­son­al­ized, ad­e­quate support ser­vices”, agree MPs Rousseau and Dusseault.

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