If there's one group of people in this country that deserve more then they get, it's our war veterans. It takes a lot of courage to enlist and go into battle and the physical and mental wounds that members of our Armed Forces suffer don’t heal in a day. In fact, some never fully heal, adding to the importance of never forgetting the sacrifice of veterans living and veterans that have passed on.
These people put their lives on the line for us and what do they get in return? A few memorials? One day of remembrance? It's no wonder our war veterans are expressing a sense of betrayal as the Canadian government is closing 9 veterans affairs offices. But not to worry. If a veteran has an issue they need dealt with, the 89 year old (average age of a WWII veteran in Canada) can download an app to his smartphone. Very thoughtful.
I'm sorry, but if you've watched your mates get gunned down in Kandahar, Normandy, Dieppe or Passchendaele, or any other hell I'm too ignorant to know about, you should not have to spend your final days waiting in line at some service depot. If one of our veterans has an issue, they should be able to pick up the phone or walk into any government office and say "I need this..." and from there someone should be able to handle it. Including filling out forms, making calls or whatever they need.
I shake my head in disbelief every time I go to the store and see preferred parking spots for expectant mothers, but not for war vets. Shameful!
War vets benefits should include things like: Preferred parking, front of the line access everywhere, tax exemption, free beer for life, … etc. Basically, anything to make life easy.
What a world! We let men and women who fought to the death for us live their final days in poverty, while we glorify the Miley Biebers and Justin Cyrus' with fame and fortune.
In the new world, war veterans will be respected all 365 days of the year.
AND SO IT SHALL BE WRITTEN!