08 november 2012

Veterans, families appalled by lack of support for Canada's war veterans


(Photo CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)
Veterans and supporters at Ottawa press conference, November 8.

Just days before the Remembrance Day ceremonies of November 11, war veterans and their supporters criticized the Canadian government for its lack of real support for veterans.

During a press conference in Ottawa, on Thursday (Nov 8), politicians, advocacy spokespersons, and family members voiced their frustration. At the centre of the outrage, the way recent veterans from service in Afghanistan and elsewhere are not being given the support veterans of previous wars were given; veterans such as those of the Second World War. And among their concerns, a lump sum payment to disabled veterans, as opposed to continuing support throughout their lives.

The government cutback of services comes at the same time as the Canadian government is using more military symbols and emphasizing Canada's military history.

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda spoke to Michael L. Blais. A former soldier, he is now Founder and President of the Canadian Veterans Advocacy, a not for profit organization working to improve the quality of life for Canadian war veterans.
More information:
Canadian Veterans Advocacy web site - canadianveteransadvocacy.com
Veterans Affairs Canada (govt) web site - www.veterans.gc.ca/eng


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