Veterans deserve better than what they’re getting

Those who serve in armed forces should be supported when they return

Editor, The Record:

MP Randy Kamp likes to say that the Conservative Party supports our troops. The facts say otherwise.

The Conservatives are cutting post-traumatic stress and suicide prevention programs for soldiers returning from Afghanistan, even though suicide rates doubled last year. All told, they are chopping over $200 million from Veterans Affairs, including cuts to The Last Post Fund, which helps low-income veterans get a proper burial.

It took a six-year battle in our courts to shame them into not clawing back the pensions of our disabled veterans.

Mr. Kamp needs to learn that supporting our troops means giving them real respect. It means providing mental health support to cope with the horrors of war.

It means refusing to nickel-and-dime veterans whose service has left them disabled. It means respecting the privacy of their medical records.

We make a promise to our men and women in uniform that, in exchange for their commitment and sacrifice, we will be there for them when they come home, to provide support to them and their families. Our veterans deserve better.

Sean Casey

Liberal Party Critic for Veterans Affairs