NEW SERIES: The Canada Our Vets Want to Build — Their Fight for Rights and Compassionate Treatment POST SIX

Once again, Ken writes about the courage and determination of today’s vets to fight the government for the benefits they have earned. Ken’s comments origninally appeared on the Canadian Veterans Advocacy blog. BONNIE 

Vets won’t be ignored

by Kenneth H. Young CD

Because of years of neglect and unreasonable changes to the veterans disability pension fund, many people believe that the government today seems to be running scared when it comes to veterans’ issues.

But actually, they should be scared.

They are not doing their jobs properly and haven’t been for years.

There seems to be a Canadian epidemic when it comes to not doing their jobs or duties when it involves Canadian veterans, and although I can understand the frustration of government over the increases to the costs to care for veterans, it is the government itself which send the military into harm’s way, often-time with less then the best equipment to protect them.

There is only one rule of thumb here. If you don’t want the increases in veterans costs, don’t send them where they can be hurt.

But having said that, there is no excuse for every department in Canada, which deals with the military and veterans, to shirk their responsibilities and duties.

It is inexcusable for government ministers, bureaucrats, high-ranking military and Veterans Affairs Canada to even seem to be saving money on the backs of our wounded and disabled veterans.

It is far worse that they very apparently are and have been for some time now.

The lack of trust veterans feel for the institutions, government departments and services provided them is no longer just a rumour and veterans are now actively shouting it from the highest hills all across Canada.

Furthermore, we do not intend to stop shouting it until something is done to properly correct the problem and the issues we have.

The time for bandage solutions, as are now being proposed by Minister of Veterans Affairs Minister Jean-Pierre Blackburn, even though welcome, is long gone.

A so-called living charter, as the new Veterans Charter was billed to be, shouldn’t have needed what amounted to a veterans revolt, to be changed, but now that it has, only the full, proper and equitable change will be acceptable to us.

No more trust us, we will get it done for you.

No more half-baked, quickie solutions to get you through the next election, and no more leave it to the politicians and bureaucrats.

We veterans will either see it done properly, die trying or become even more radical if we continue to be ignored. Ottawa, Veterans Affairs Canada and the Royal Canadian Legion, the choice is yours.

Your in actions, your total disregard for the welfare of veterans and, in some cases, your total abandonment of veterans and their issue has woke a giant, a giant voting block and your worst nightmare.

It does not matter which party is in government or in opposition.

If it doesn’t deal with veterans’ issues, it doesn’t get our vote and will have to deal with us. Get used to it because until all veterans’ issues are solved we will not sleep, we will not rest.

Lest we forget.

Kenneth H. Young Nanaimo, BC


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