This being Remembrance Day weekend, it should be disheartening to all Canadians to know that a group of severely-wounded Afghanistan veterans are taking our country to court so they don’t have to spend the rest of their disabled lives in poverty.
One of them, Major Maj. Mark Campbell, for example, is a 32-year military veteran who served in Cyprus, Bosnia and Afghanistan, and who lost both his legs in 2008 in a Taliban IED explosion.
The lump sum payment forced upon him by current rules will come nowhere close to taking care of his needs, and his family’s needs.
And so he, and others, are forced to go to court to get a fair shake for the sacrifices they made.
It doesn’t seem fair because it isn’t.
And what about the Royal Canadian Legion having the beg the government to cough up more than the $3,600 given to bury even the most impoverished vets from the Second World War and Korea. Try being properly buried today for $3,600.
It just cannot be done.
We owe these old vets more than short shrift.
So I sent a little message to Veterans Affairs in a national Sun Media editorial last week.
Show some respect, honour the sacrifice, and pay what is needed.
Lest you have already forgotten.