If you want to know the true character of any government, don’t look at what the leaders say they will do, but rather what they actually do. (Brandon Sun, Our View, May 9)
They answered the call when government needed them on behalf of Canada, and they were considered heroes.
They honourably served in many countries and always with determination and distinct credit, to complete their missions.
Canadian people are proud of their accomplishments.
Now, as veterans, some aged, those wounded and crippled in conflicts and others trying to cope with the scars of their service need help and are seeking support from government in their time of need. In desperation, even serving members defy orders to bring their situations to the media about the poor level of needed health services.
And veterans are faced with an uphill battle in trying to substantiate their claims of injury. But governments are not generous when there is no call for military defence and service. Budget constraints have priority.
Administrators have been directed to cut expenses. Veterans cases are not exempt. It’s one hell of a way to show our eternal gratitude and respect for all those who were prepared to lay down their lives, in service of Canada.
Canadians expect more for our veterans from government. But government, it seems, is willing to consider our veterans as budget liabilities. Once the conflicts have diminished, they are no longer in the highlight of personal sacrifices and injuries. They are no longer ‘as’ important.
I would call this an act of betrayal. Who am I? I am a veteran.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 16, 2012