Federal cost-cutting harmful to veterans

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Editor: The Harper government’s handling of a very important issue regarding our veterans is one of their latest disgraceful acts. My wife’s father and my father both served in the Second World War. Like us, millions of people in Canada have connections to brave Canadians who not only served in various wars, but also in many cases gave their lives in the service of their country.

The latest suicides, related to post-traumatic stress disorder, (eight people within a two-month period), are disturbing. For veterans, the impact of war changes them forever in different ways.

Veterans are now being told they can get everything they need from Service Canada offices across the country. This revelation is portrayed as increased efficiency. However, veterans and public service unions say it is cost-cutting to the detriment of those who put their lives on the line for their country.

There is a need for specific medical, financial and psychological assistance for servicemen and women who return from war zones. For any of these services, professional help is necessary. It’s inconceivable that someone trained in EI will be able to provide the necessary information face-to-face for our veterans.

My wife and I want to see these services put back in place. What has happened here is complete disrespect for not only these veterans, but also all the veterans who have fought in all the wars that Canada has been involved in throughout time?

The veterans cannot fight this alone. We now have to fight for them as they did and currently do for us. Please make a strong statement to an MP, Senator or on social media.

Kaye and David Campbell,

Charlottetown

Organizations: Service Canada

Geographic location: Canada, Charlottetown

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