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There are few among us more entitled to use the expression “I am a proud Canadian” than past and present Canadian military personnel.

These individuals offered their most valued possession in defence of Canada and its citizens: their lives. It’s true that some may not have seen a shot fired in anger. This does not, in any way, lessen their right to claim first-class Canadian citizenship. After all, they did offer their most valued possession in defence of Canada.Surely Canadian vets are entitled to the best benefits that Canada can provide, such as adequate temporary and/or permanent shelter, assistance in the search for employment, general health and psychiatric care, adequate pensions, etc. The Canadian Press reported that currently there are more than 2,250 homeless Canadian veterans. Is an adequate number of housing units available to homeless vets? Is Canada providing the best medical care for disabled veterans?  
Many veterans during combat saw friends and comrades die and/or receive horrendous wounds. In order to relieve mental anguish, some have turned to drugs and/or alcohol. These veterans should be receiving the necessary psychiatric care.
Our past federal government spent less money than that previously allocated to assist veterans. In addition, the government closed a number of Veterans Affairs offices, making it more difficult for veterans to apply for needed assistance. Are we failing those Canadians who put life and limb before personal gain?
Now is the time to instruct our federal members to provide the necessary benefits to our veterans. If the correct actions are taken, perhaps we, too, can say, “We are proud Canadians.”

Dave Short, St. John’s

These individuals offered their most valued possession in defence of Canada and its citizens: their lives. It’s true that some may not have seen a shot fired in anger. This does not, in any way, lessen their right to claim first-class Canadian citizenship. After all, they did offer their most valued possession in defence of Canada.Surely Canadian vets are entitled to the best benefits that Canada can provide, such as adequate temporary and/or permanent shelter, assistance in the search for employment, general health and psychiatric care, adequate pensions, etc. The Canadian Press reported that currently there are more than 2,250 homeless Canadian veterans. Is an adequate number of housing units available to homeless vets? Is Canada providing the best medical care for disabled veterans?  
Many veterans during combat saw friends and comrades die and/or receive horrendous wounds. In order to relieve mental anguish, some have turned to drugs and/or alcohol. These veterans should be receiving the necessary psychiatric care.
Our past federal government spent less money than that previously allocated to assist veterans. In addition, the government closed a number of Veterans Affairs offices, making it more difficult for veterans to apply for needed assistance. Are we failing those Canadians who put life and limb before personal gain?
Now is the time to instruct our federal members to provide the necessary benefits to our veterans. If the correct actions are taken, perhaps we, too, can say, “We are proud Canadians.”

Dave Short, St. John’s

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