Editorial: Lest we forget the veterans

Members of the Canadian Armed Forces, along with their families, made and continue to make sacrifices, not only to ensure we live in a democracy, but to help others achieve the freedoms we enjoy.

The members of the armed forces, whether it was a peace-keeping mission, a conflict, or a war, participated in these missions at the behest of the Canadian government.

We honour those sacrifices every Remembrance Day with ceremonies that usually include the phrase lest we forget, from Rudyard Kipling’s poem Recessional.

But from all appearances, the Canadian government is forgetting.

Unfortunately, too many are still fighting a battle when they come home, and their families also suffer in those battles.

Yet, the Canadian government refuses to provide adequate support for members of the Canadian Armed Forces when they return home.

Does eight suicides in just over two months sound like Canadian veterans are getting the help they need?

To add salt to the wounds the federal Conservative government announced recently it is closing eight Veterans Affairs district offices, including in the Okanagan Valley.

Is there a Canadian who approves of the way our government is treating our veterans?

Likely not.

Does the government care?

Apparently not.

Is it time for a change?

Apparently yes, lest we forget.


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