Letter: Vets don’t deserve bureaucratic runaround
To the editor:
RE: Veterans Affairs services.
First of all, I am very saddened by the families whose loved ones have taken their own lives. Our brave boys and girls, mostly serving in Afghanistan, are fighting a two-faced desperate radical often wearing two “uniforms,” planting devastating roadside bombs is beyond imagination. In WWII, it was not any picnic and particularly the wounded fought their “battle wacky sticker” until they died fighting the first charter for adequate compensation.
Having been wounded three times in 70 days in WWII, starting as a Combat Infantryman late July 1944 to 6 October 1944 from France to Holland, I struggled to get pensioned—one of a number of injuries for my second wound took 63 years to win a small award. In 1948, a psychiatrist wrote that I was feigning wound problems that did not exist. The old appeal and appeal with signed statements before a Notary Public by close relatives were deemed insignificant and rejected; to start all over again.
Far too much of the Veterans Affairs Canada budget still is going to bureaucracy.
My recent call to VAC went through four offices scattered across Canada ending up in the Vancouver area.
Some years ago there was a VCA staffer who lived in the Kootenay’s available through a Kelowna office who was very helpful.
At 92 I am a young WWII veteran who spent 37 plus years in the business side for a living, and feel VAC can be revamped to provide veterans the assistance they are entitled to in a timely fashion.
The Second VAC Charter was approved by all parties with a review to take place by a Committee for action. It is time for the Opposition parties playing the name game to get on with making the changes, particularly lump sum nonsense, and look after our boys and girls we put in harm’s way now.