Lest We Forget

022November 11 is the day we remember the sacrifices made by those in the military.

It’s the day we show appreciation to those who are still with us and remember those who never came home.

As a soon to be former Navy wife, I understand firsthand the stress military life can put on families.

I’d like to express my deep gratitude to all acting and retired military members for the important and often dangerous work they do.

Military members not only put themselves in harm’s way, but they routinely miss out on family events back home.

My wish is that they all return safely from each deployment.  When they get home, I hope they’re provided with whatever support they need, whether it be medical, emotional, post-military career guidance…

This June Veterans Affairs Canada had 750 vets identified as homeless in its database.  Clearly there’s work to be done in properly supporting our brave vets.

In contrast to the shocking lack of resources available to help those who served, the Federal government spent well over $200,000 on a pretty cover for this year’s budget.  Previous governments used a plain cover.  I believe these were more cost effective.

I hope 2017 is the last year Veterans Affairs identifies any homeless vets, but I’m not optimistic this will be the case.  I do, however, feel fairly certain next year’s budget will have an even prettier and more expensive cover.

To all the brave veterans:  Thank you for your service.

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