Steven Forrest on Harper Government Handling of Veterans LETTER TO THE EDITOR LTE

Steven Forrest on Harper Government Handling of Veterans LETTER TO THE EDITOR LTE

steve VETSA Great public interest story as some of us know the Federal Conservative Government has been saying one thing and doing something else. The Our Elected Government say they are helping Military and Vets and do this. Please check the link below.

http://www.parl.gc.ca/HouseChamberBusiness/ChamberVoteDetail.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=2&FltrParl=41&FltrSes=2&Vote=47

It maybe be a surprise to many People but the Mental Health Illness rate is estimated at this time is over 20% from Military Service in Afghanistan. With over 40 thousand good Canadian men and women that wanted to make the world a better place and enrolled in the Forces then had been chosen the Serve in the War in Afghanistan. We are looking at over 10,000 Men and Women being ousted of the Military because they are no longer A1 condition. Out on Our Streets. The Conservative Federal Government is washing their hands of the Mentally Ill people they have made and they are coming home. Now and lots coming home is the infrastructure in our Cities and Towns ready and going to be supportive of these broken Ex-Military people. Is the Welfare, O.D.S.P., Mental Health Services, Police and others many others even the Soup Kitchens. Because this is where we end up. Mental Illness can show up years after service. I hope we will have enough awareness to recognize to give them the support they are in need.

Truly,
President Friends of Vets,
Steven Forrest
A Non Governmental Peer to Peer Support Group For Military RCMP and their Veterans
www.friendsofvets.org

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Furtz
Furtz
February 9, 2014 9:27 AM

The Afghanistan adventure was a huge mistake. Invasions of foreign countries usually go badly for both the invading troops, and for the population of the invaded country. We don’t learn from history, it seems. But now that the damage has been done, you’d think that our federal government would be doing all it can to repair the damage done to our soldiers. Instead, of course, Harper has appointed a two-bit thug, Fantino, to handle the file. In doing so, Harper has added our military vets to his long list of enemies.

PJ Robertson
PJ Robertson
February 9, 2014 10:42 AM

The Harper Conservatives claim to stand up for Canada, democracy and Canadian values. Their actions and attitudes demonstrate the opposite: an unparalleled contempt for decency, fairness and truth. How is it possible that Canadians continue to tolerate them?

Furtz
Furtz
February 9, 2014 11:30 AM

@ PJ. I think that with each passing month, more and more Canadians are waking up.

PJ Robertson
PJ Robertson
February 9, 2014 3:40 PM

Enough to turn the tide and restore Canada to decency, fairness and democratic accountability? Dearly hope so, Furtz. Eight years is a long time to be asleep, and too many still seem content to be bought with their own money or accept lies as truth.

Furtz
Furtz
February 9, 2014 6:40 PM

Not sure if decency etc would be restored overnight with a change in government, but it would definitely steer our ship on a better course. Our Putin wannabe PM is hitting the wall pretty hard these days. Even hard-core libertarian C/conservatives are having difficulty dealing with Harper’s autocratic rule. Too bad it took so long for those fools to wake up.

Reg Coffey
February 9, 2014 8:56 PM

Politicians are like dirty diapers. They should be changed frequently.

David Oldham
David Oldham
February 10, 2014 6:37 AM

I agree with Furtz, Chretien and his Liberal Government should not have put an our men and women into the Afghanistan arena. The Russians lost approximately 15,000 thousand troops and billions in equipment over a nine year period, what would a poorly selected and equipped military be able to accomplish ? Again Furtz I think you are right, we don’t seem to learn from history. We don’t seem to be able to remember big details either. The current administration inherited the Liberal commitment made to the Afghanistan Government. The current administration has to deal with the fallout of those previous… Read more »

Eric
Eric
February 10, 2014 8:24 AM

I have been hearing bits and pieces the last few weeks, and that is how many voters base their votes, I have worked the polls and seen people decide with less. It looks like there will still be home based client care for those that need it, access from more centers (Service Canada) and closing less than 10 underused centers everywhere but Quebec.The phone continues to be a staple for many as well. I expect the government (us) to help those that need it AND be fiscally prudent. http://www.ombudsman-veterans.gc.ca/reports-rapports/rep-rap-02-2013-eng.cfm Veterans Affairs Canada spent nearly $266 million in fiscal year 2011–2012… Read more »

Furtz
Furtz
February 10, 2014 9:07 AM

Okay, I get it now. It’s all the Liberal’s fault, and our wounded vets are getting all the help they need and deserve. And Fantino is is a wonderful caring man.

David Oldham
David Oldham
February 10, 2014 10:11 AM

I have no comment on Fantino or whether he is as Furtz stated “a wonderful caring man”. I will however comment on the intelligent and responsible manner in which Eric responded. Eric embodies what all of us should be doing, taking the time to think about and delve more into the bigger picture with a level headed approach. Funny thing that happens when people are more informed of the real facts rather than political
rhetoric. Truth.

jules
jules
February 10, 2014 3:03 PM

“Those who don’t know history are deemed to repeat it” and those words are absolutely right indeed. I don’t know who said them but they were not me. Wars are committed by the banksters as in gangsters which they are who furnish both sides of the war. The wars today are made not to be won by anyone and it is the military industrial complex that makes the money with the banksters. If you look up on youtube.com and listen to former US president Dwight D. Eisenhower warn the American people about the military industrial complex just before he left… Read more »

PJ Robertson
PJ Robertson
February 10, 2014 10:50 PM

Now you’re getting it, Furtz. By the way it wasn’t Harper and McKay in kevlar jackets in all those photo-ops with the troops in Afghanistan; it was a couple of Liberal impostors. And it wasn’t a Harper Conservative who called Jack Layton “Taliban Jack” in the Commons; it was a Liberal ventriloquist.

Next, we’ll be hearing that Mike Duffy was really a Liberal plant, and Nigel Wright who bailed him out is a closet Liberal. No end to Harperite capacity for fantasy; anything to avoid responsibility. And plenty of suckers to form the party faithful.

David Oldham
David Oldham
February 11, 2014 7:33 AM

A sure sign of a general lack of understanding is the use of comedy or sarcasm to deflect the truth. Sad, what happened to informed debate ?

David Oldham
David Oldham
February 11, 2014 7:43 AM

@Jules…it was George Santayana that said the often misquoted phrase. He did not say that history would repeat itself though he was talking about the past.

PJ Robertson
PJ Robertson
February 11, 2014 10:43 AM

@ David Oldham: Three points: 1) Stephen J. Harper has been prime minister of Canada since 2006. Eight years–more than enough time to take responsibility for his and his government’s decisions and actions; 2) comedy, satire, irony, sarcasm: a good idea to distinguish among them and their uses; 3) taking oneself too seriously, not good for one’s health. Plus a fourth re your posts above: What are “true realities” and “real facts”? Are their untrue realities and unreal facts? As to the point/fact of Steven Forrest’s letter: why are Canada’s veterans protesting the government’s treatment of them if it were… Read more »

PJ Robertson
PJ Robertson
February 11, 2014 10:51 AM

Horrors! Edit spelling: Are there untrue realities and unreal facts?