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John Yeo, past president of the Charlottetown Legion, says if the federal government goes ahead with plans to shut the Veterans Affairs Canada district office in Charlottetown, veterans will be forced to travel off Island for face-to-face service that they're used to having.
Editor: Once again the Harper government is picking on the most vulnerable in Canadian society. It was not enough that they made a mess of the employment insurance changes but they are now picking on our Canadian veterans.
These men gave me the freedom to write this letter without fear of reprisal. It is one of many rights, as a Canadian, that I have received from veterans. In my lifetime I have experienced only peace and freedom.
Canadians in the armed services put their lives on the line and too often they do not know the true enemy in foreign countries. I cannot imagine going to war in a foreign country where there are different climates, religions, cultures and languages. I cannot imagine living in fear 24 hours a day. I cannot visualize the horrors they have witnessed in their deployments.
And I cannot believe that as a society we expect them to return and act as if they have never gone to war.
As a Canadian, in the best country on this earth, I believe those who put their lives on the line deserve much better than what the Harper government has planned for them. The help that has been given so far to our veterans was decided by much wiser people than this federal government.
Harper needs to get rid of the senators’ trough which would financially stop the closure of the Veterans Affairs offices.
Flora Jean Thompson,