Canadian Veterans Protestby Michael Patrick Brewer on Oct. 22, 2010, under Veterans Benefits
When is the last time there was an organized protest to express dissatisfaction with our VA Medical Care and the VA Disability Rating system? Or maybe I should say, when was the first one?
It was after WWI when our soldiers could not get their reparation monies, and they marched on Washington in mass, and we actually shot upon by our own National Guard!
We have come along way baby! And I am not so sure we know how good we have it compared to other nations who send troops into harms way. And someone thinks the VA should be privatized? I say draft them!
Canada’s treatment of disabled veterans will be the focus of a protest at the War Memorial in downtown St. John’s, just a few days before Remembrance Day.
The Nov. 6 demonstration is part of Veterans National Day of Protest.
‘What’s coming to light is the government is not taking care of them, and really to me it’s been the same old story since the First World War.’—Jeff Rose-Martland
Writer Jeff Rose-Martland, who is organizing the St. John’s protest, said he is outraged that Canadian veterans do not receive the benefits that they need.
“As Canadians I think we all just kind of expect, well you know, they signed up with the government, the government’s going to take care of them and everything is going to be fine,” Rose-Martland told CBC News.
“What’s coming to light is the government is not taking care of them, and really to me it’s been the same old story since the First World War.”
Rose-Martland, who is spearheading an online campaign called Our Duty, is not a veteran himself, but has felt motivated to work on their behalf. The Nov. 6 protest is scheduled at start at 11 a.m.