Government Disgrace

we stand behind our vets1797061_10153744344120640_1403383567_nIt was a real eye opener to see the TV footage of Mr Fantino (Minister of Veterans Affairs) meeting with Veterans, they had travelled from all across Canada to see him. He didn’t show up when he was supposed to, was very late. When he did eventually arrive made no apology and indeed became belligerent to the Veterans dismissing their concerns as nonsense. He claimed his department cared and in fact services would be better under this new style of management through Service Canada. How could veterans possibly see this as an improvement when the Government were closing nine local offices and laying off 600 staff. This is of course just the tip of the iceberg, cuts to pensions, stalling tactics and money back grabs with enough red tape to tie a Veteran up for years. I’m with the Vets, in the next election do not vote for Harper or any of his cohorts, they are absolutely shameless and despicable . I have very little dealings with DVA because most of my service was with the British Navy. However, they compare very well, it takes years to get anything from MOD(Ministry of Defense). As an example, I was filing a medical claim for a back injury received in 1961. The MOD doctor that received my file claimed I was over weight. He had never seen me but made this amazing diagnoses from afar by using a BMI chart (Body Mass Index). A chart that was surely designed for serving members not for a man who was then in his late fifties. I consulted my own family doctor and asked him if he thought me over weight. He said I was in excellent shape, very fit and trim. My weight at that time was 165lbs and my height 5’8.. I actually consulted a BMI chart and was indeed over weight by a few ounces. I fell slight above the average weight for a serving member of the forces. The fact I was not in the forces did not seen to matter.  This is just one small example of how veterans are dealt with whether British or Canadian, they are one and the same when it comes to helping vets. When the new Veterans Building in Charlottetown opened it had a staff of approximately 500, today it has over 0ne thousand. You might conclude that is a good thing, more people means better service. Not so!!! the place has become a dumping ground for has-been politicians and their cronies. Rather than refer to it as the DVA offices one might think to call it the “Patronage Palace”. And that is my rant for this fine Monday morning.

God Bless and keep reading

About irishroverpei

Author of "Lily & Me", "The Royal Navy & Me" and Chapter XXl Armageddon. Writer, blogger and RN Submariner, antique automobile enthusiast.
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