Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Canadian Veterans are taking to the streets

Breaking the contract our governments make - on the citizens' behalf - with our Troops and our Veterans is not solely an American disgrace. In Canada, the politicians seem to think it is acceptable to deny justice to those who have served our country. As in America, so in Canada, and tomorrow our Canadian Veterans are taking to the streets:

Vigil for Veterans

Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Ottawa and Vancouver

On the 68th anniversary of D-Day and the storming of Juno Beach, we invite you to join us in honouring the brave Canadian soldiers who sacrificed their lives on the shores of France fighting for Freedom and Liberty.

The Canadian Veterans Advocacy (CVA) will take this opportunity to draw attention to the discrepancy between the federal government’s treatment of traditional veterans -- the men and women who served in World War II and Korea -- and our modern veterans -- those who have more recently served on peacekeeping missions, in the first Gulf War, the Balkans, Afghanistan and Libya.

Of primary importance is the restoration of the Social Contract and Sacred Trust between soldiers and the Nation they serve. The Canadian government abandoned its soldiers and their Sacred Obligation in 2006 when it passed the New Veterans Charter replacing the life-time Disability Pension with an inadequate and discriminatory Lump Sum Disability Award.

D-Day Vigil for Veterans: Wednesday, June 6, 2012
in Ottawa and Vancouver

We are pleased to be holding simultaneous events to commemorate the 68th anniversary of D-Day and the storming of Juno Beach, a pivotal moment in Canadian and world history, and to honour the brave Canadian Soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice on this day.

We will also be highlighting the discrepancy in treatment of serving CF members and military veterans by the Federal Government and speaking to the injustices of the Lump Sum Disability Award and the New Veterans Charter.

OTTAWA – Vigil for Veterans

When: June 6, 2012, 3:00 pm
Where: Parliament Hill, Ottawa

Guest Speaker:
Col (ret’d) Pat Stogran, Canada’s first Veterans Ombudsman

VANCOUVER – Rally for Veterans

When: June 6, 2012, 12:00 pm
Where: 605 Robson Street at Seymour (VAC Head Offices), Vancouver

Guest Speakers:
Veterans of the war in Afghanistan;
Hardy Staub, Veteran, former Mayor of White Rock, and Director, Equitas Disabled Soldiers Funding Society

Source: Canadian Veterans Advocacy.

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