Will you stand be­side a vet­eran?

The Compass - - OPINION -

Dear Edi­tor,

On Nov. 6 at 11 a. m., vet­er­ans of this nation will stand to­gether and protest the ac­tions and in­ac­tions of the Govern­ment of Canada and the New Vet­er­ans Char­ter.

The New Vet­er­ans Char­ter was sup­posed to im­prove the lives of vet­er­ans, es­pe­cially those who were hurt in Afghanistan, but since it’s in­cep­tion, it has been blamed for many re­duc­tions in ser­vices to vet­er­ans and that has not made their lives bet­ter.

Many peo­ple in this coun­try aren’t aware that gov­ern­ments don’t change things to ben­e­fit the peo­ple; it’s usu­ally done to save the govern­ment money.

The New Vet­er­ans Char­ter does just that; saves the govern­ment money while let­ting vet­er­ans fight, scratch, and claw through a maze of bu­reau­cracy and red tape at Vet­er­ans Af­fairs Canada in or­der to get as­sis­tance for their in­juries. Some have died be­fore they could see any of their ben­e­fits ap­proved, ben­e­fits that were meant to make life a lit­tle eas­ier and to help with pain and suf­fer­ing that they had from their in­juries.

Hav­ing put up with enough of the New Vet­er­ans Char­ter, hun­dreds of vet­er­ans have banded to­gether to or­ga­nize the Cana­dian Vet­er­ans Na­tional Day Of Protest that will be held all across Canada on Nov. 6. The lo­ca­tions are at Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment of­fices and other des­ig­nated lo­ca­tions such as Par­lia­ment Hill.

All vet­er­ans are in­vited to join in the protest.

Un­for­tu­nately, the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion, as a formed group, is not authori z e d to par­tic­i­pate, but as was an­nounced by Do­min­ion Com­mand: “... Com­rades, the Le­gion, as an or­ga­ni­za­tion, does not ad­vo­cate in this man­ner and does not con­done this method of ad­vo­cacy. Mem­bers of the Le­gion, as in­di­vid­u­als, are free to choose to do what­ever their con­science dic­tates.”

There­fore, if you are a vet­eran, if you are a Cana­dian who loves Canada and the men and women who kept her free, if you are a Le­gion mem­ber who wants to protest the New Vet­er­ans Char­ter, join us on Nov. 6 and show Canada that we still have some fight left in us.

Our govern­ment may have for­got­ten what we have done, but the peo­ple of Canada re­mem­bers.

Lest We For­get. Robin Brent­nall


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