I just read a view in your Sound Off that alarmed me. This opinion states that because the Canadian government is cutting costs and services, everyone should feel the same pain.
This person even went as far as to write, “Veterans must accept this change in their services, too.”
Has this person has never talked to a veteran and listened to their concerns?
All veterans stepped up when their country called. They went with no expectation other than when the government (thus the Canadian citizens) sent them into harm’s way, the cause was just and that they be helped when and if they required it. For this, they signed a blank cheque that no other Canadians would ever write. The amount was up to and including their very lives.
Yes, most came back well and went on to productive lives, but there are those who came back injured and broken. These men and women would rather face the enemy again than go to the citizens of Canada for help. But they (like you) have families to raise and care for. So they go and ask for help from the same Canada that promised it to them when answered the call.
It seems easy for those who have never served nor had family who served to say “suck it up” vets and do your share.
I say they did their share and far more.
Citizens of Canada, it is your turn to do your share. Stand beside your veterans and demand that your government honour your promises to these heroes. The promise that was paid for in red Canadian blood.
Shoulder to shoulder.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 19, 2014