Editor: I was an air force brat the first 12 years of my life and lived in P.E.I., Ont., Que. and B.C. I was in air cadets and militia. My uncle Dave was captured at Dieppe and spent the duration as a German prisoner of war. My uncle Dave taught me how to fire a rifle. I applied for regular military service in my 20s and found out about Canadian military recruiting techniques. I didn’t serve.
I was a member of the Summerside Legion and left. It was the attitude of some veterans, they served so it is their way or the highway. It is not hard to see why Island Legions and Legions across Canada have declining enrolment.
I watched with disgust as veterans protested closures regarding Department of Veterans Affairs office. Veterans are supposed to be mentors and teach about sacrifices. These veterans who are protesting are about entitlement and like some Legion members won’t change.
I’m going to teach my grandson not to wear a poppy even though two generations of my mother’s family served Canada through two world wars.
I have a solution, force all Department of Veterans Affairs staff to take physical fitness examinations. Any Veterans Affairs employee who fails a medical be given a second chance and then fails again, their employment terminated with a severance package. The job becomes redundant, no employee is replaced. No veteran or civil servant can justify a person in Veteran Affairs not being physically fit unless they have a disability.
John W.A. Curtis,