Thinking of Our Veterans at Christmas


A Veteran’s Point of View  

As we come to Christmas, we should all stop for a moment to think about the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces who are serving at home and abroad,  while you are sitting down to your Christmas dinner here in Canada, all safe and sound. They are far from home and many are in harm’s way protecting you.  For many, it will be a Christmas they will never forget.

I served overseas during Christmas and I will always remember that Christmas. We were a small group of 550 Canadians half a world away from home. We made it our special Christmas. We felt so Blessed to have those few short hours together away from the lines.

So, to the Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen and Women: “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Stay safe and come back soon to Canada. You are doing a great job. Our prayers are for you and your safe return to Canada.”

Robert Simpson

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As many of you know, veteran Robert Simpson started a rehabilitation program for those with PTSD like him in Wallaceburg, Ontario. This is his updated report. BONNIE

From Robert Simpson

I would like to say that our Veterans and Families Support Group had a wonderful dinner at Dimitar’s. Thank you — JJ, Maritza and Dimitar’s. Speaking of our group, our next meeting will be at First Baptist Church Thursday Jan 19th at 7:00pm. Also to the group: Thank You for helping drive the people home with the food hampers on Dec 21st. I know a good number of people were thankful for the ride.

I wish to also mention that Bill C-55 kicked in this past Oct. It helps the older Canadian Veterans become middle-class income earners. For about 3,500 of them, it is a big boost in income. We hope that Ottawa will make this a permanent income and not to cut people off at age 65.

To anyone one wishing to learn more about our group, please feel free to contact me at 519-627-4037 or e-mail me: robthegolfnut@yahoo.ca. We are all learning to heal together and we have fun as well. So, please come check us out at First Baptist Church at 99 Thomas Ave here in Wallaceburg, Ontario. You just turn onto Napier off of Margaret Avenue and go to the end of the street.

LEST WE FORGET

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2 Responses to Thinking of Our Veterans at Christmas

  1. Murray Scott says:

    For some of us Christmas means looking at four walls in a bigger than life apartment. We turn up the volume on the television as a distraction from our pain and emptiness. After all if we were loved would we not be surrounded by friends?
    Had we not already paid our dues fighting for our country and the right of others to be freated with dignity and respect. Was that not suppose to be the fight of our life?
    It seems that the biggest fight and struggle today is holding back painfull feelings of being alone and empty; we would fall apart if we dare let those thoughts and feelings surface.More fighting? Do they not realize that every day was a fight just to feed myself? What will they think of me if I put myself first?
    Reflecting, we ask ourselves why the pain? Did we not remember that coming home was to be a safe and loving process. Had we not left the fighting and fear behind us?
    We were soldiers, we were not allowed to feel! This was our time to heal our thoughts, feelings and yes even our soul. Our bodies needed time devoid of fighting, conflict and stress. We needed to work on ourselves and to stay away from wolves in sheep’s clothing!
    We were told to stand up for other Vets and their rights; taking up the fight against VRAB and VAC!
    How could we fight for others when our bodies, minds and souls and hearts were still recovering from the fear of never being happy and so called normal again.
    We new instinctively that the fighting and finger pointing and blame was the last thing our bodies needed. If they only new how close we came to killing the pain for good. Is it to late? We had to stop all fighting and take care of ourselves at all costs…we were asked to make a choice, keep fighting or take time to heal. When do I get to take care of myself like I took care of others?
    I put my coat and shoes on and took one look at the empty, empty, empty apartment and then;
    News Flash:
    (Factual)
    The second week of December 2011; Veteran Affairs Canada, Edmonton Alberta, the 9th.floor. VRAB meeting in session, Veteran and lawyer and two VRAB members and note taker.
    The door opens and a very very disturbed Veteran rushes in spraying lighter fluid on everyone present. The Veteran tried to light the match but it didn’t work. Everyone in that room was traumatized for life. The disturbed Veteran was sure he was doing the right thing by getting rid of the VRAB members.
    Police captured the Veteran north of Edmonton and he his is being treated as you read this.
    Our first thought is to blame everyone else….to point our finger to others while forgetting that we have four other fingers pointing back at us.
    Merry Christmas Everyone
    “Peace to Everyone’s Soul and Heart”

  2. Murray, I want to move this comment up to a new post so everyone can read it. The world needs to feel what our veterans feel, and you have expressed it in a way no one else could.

    Merry Christmas with lots of hugs,

    Bonnie

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