Re: “Roundtable To Focus On New Veterans Charter” (Brandon Sun, Feb. 15), that will be hosted by Brandon-Souris Conservative MP Larry Maguire on Feb. 23.
Veterans — aged, wounded and crippled in conflict — are seeking help and support from government to cope with the scars left by their service to Canada. They would hope to live out a normal existence and quality of life for whatever years remain.
But government and bureaucratic lawyers argue that the country holds no extra obligations to our ex-soldiers. That is one hell of a way to show our eternal gratitude and respect for those who served. All gave some. Some gave all. To me, that is a devious act of betrayal.
During the summer of 2013, lawyers on behalf of the Crown indicated that the Crown has no special or moral obligation to assist veterans.
My question to MP Larry Maguire is very clear. Do you believe, as an individual, the government of Canada has a moral, social, and ethical relationship of trust, and legal responsibility to care for those it asks to be put in harm’s way?
Please answer yes, they do, or no, they do not. If the reply is no, what’s the point in continuing with this roundtable? It’s over!
John Fefchak CD. (CWO, retired)