Mike Blais calls everyone to address the needs of our Afghanistan veterans. This is an advocacy that we have to support day in and day out until we see actual change, not a promise of change. Mike explains it better than I can, and he is right. We can’t relax. We need to recruit more vets and supportive family members or sympathizers to the Canadian Veterans Advocacy group to keep on protesting against the callous treatment our younger vets are being subjected to since the introduction of the 2006 New Veterans Charter. It doesn’t matter which party introduced it. It is how it is being implemented now that’s at issue. The Harper Government with its majority could wipe the slate clean and restore the provisions that our older vets enjoy… if it has the gracious will to look after our younger vets whom they have sent into harm’s way under the horrendous conditions of modern terrorist warfare. BONNIE
Who stands for the soldier?
This was the question asked after the five principles were defined. Our traditional caretakers have abandoned the new while endorsing a double standard of disgusting proportions.
Only WE, the Canadian Veterans Advocacy, stand for the abolishment of the CHUMP SUM AWARD.
Only we demand respect for our war widows through the restoration of the dignified treatment this nation’s Memorial Cross Mothers were accorded prior to 2006.
The time is now, boys and girls. Each of us must start recruiting members to the cause. Each of us must start promoting our One Veteran, One Standard policies and the URGENT need to redress these terrible, hardship-inducing measures!
We WILL fight to ensure the lifetime obligation to our war wounded Afghanistan veterans–those who Canada relegated to second class standing in April, 2006–IS RESTORED!