Will you stand beside a veteran?
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