On November 11th we commemorate Remembrance Day by reflecting on the sacrifices made by those who have served, been injured, and the many that have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country and our way of life.
War and conflict can leave veterans with serious, life changing medical, emotional and psychological trauma that impacts themselves and their families. Our government has a responsibility to care for our veterans when they return home.
Over the past couple of years, we have been working with veterans and advocacy groups to shine a light on the deplorable decision to close offices that were providing the essential services these brave men and women need.
Through the many rallies, meetings with Members of Parliament, and other events, we have been successful in our endeavours to have the current federal government commit to opening all nine Veterans Affairs Canada offices that were previously closed by their predecessors.
In British Columbia, this means that veterans currently in Kelowna and soon in Prince George will have access to case workers and the assistance they need in their community, and will no longer need to endure excessive travel and countless hours of frustration waiting for help.
On November 11th, please join me in thanking those who have and continue to watch over us.
Regional Executive Vice-President, British Columbia
Public Service Alliance of Canada