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Remembrance Day.




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Recently I have read, and listened to news reports, regarding the fight some of our Veterans have to wage in order to get assistance they desperately need.


In some cases, this is as simple as prescription medications, in others it is as serious as disability pensions, and basic funeral expenses.


The reports I have read, and listened to, are from several countries. It seems to me that if a person puts their life on the line...to fight for their country...to fight for what that country stands for, having their needs met, especially when they have been injured in any way...should be a right...a given...not something they should have to fight endless legal battles for.


Today we wear our poppies, and go to remembrance ceremonies. I would also ask that we speak out, to those with the influence or power to make the changes necessary, so that those who made the sacrifices that were asked of them, never again find themselves in the position of having to “beg” for those things that should be theirs by right.





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albertesmor
Nov. 11th, 2012 09:23 am (UTC)
We have a bit of the same problem, veterans not being proberly taken care of.
Might be because we're out of practise, not used to veterans, but since we decided to join Bush in his holy crusade we have quite a few.

twicet
Nov. 11th, 2012 08:00 pm (UTC)
The problem seem to exist in a number of countries. I was shocked when I heard some of the stories. The care of Veterans should be a "given"
sapphire_3
Nov. 11th, 2012 09:06 pm (UTC)
Lest we Forget.
twicet
Nov. 11th, 2012 09:42 pm (UTC)
So very important not to do so.
lab_jazz
Nov. 12th, 2012 11:42 am (UTC)
Recently I have read, and listened to news reports, regarding the fight some of our Veterans have to wage in order to get assistance they desperately need.

It must be better in Canada than it is in the USA. I know that "Born of the Forth of July" is only a movie but the way it portrayed how American service men get treated when they return home was harrowing.

I think that we (Australia) treat our returned soldiers ok
twicet
Nov. 12th, 2012 07:02 pm (UTC)
It must be better in Canada than it is in the USA
In so far as we have Universal Health Care...yes! But recently some things have come to light which are just plain wrong.

Some disability pensions being denied or caught-up in red tape. Disability lump sum payout, being woefully inadequate. Funeral benefits being ridiculously difficult to qualify for. I was surprised as I had thought here, that wasn't the case, but it does happen, and is not changing quickly enough.

Obama has started a really good program to help Vets transition from the military to civilian life, but the U.S. also have some of the problems we have.

There is a great need for change, and change now, sooner than later.
spike7451
Nov. 13th, 2012 12:42 pm (UTC)
Lest We Forget.

I hadn't realised how poorly some ex-service personnel are treated.

I think ours are treated better than in a lot of other places.

We have this system for our ex service people, the white and gold cards. The gold card...

Your gold card identifies you as being eligible for treatment for all your health care conditions at DVA expense.<.i>

More here if you're interested......

http://www.vvaa.org.au/cards.htm
twicet
Nov. 13th, 2012 05:30 pm (UTC)
I am sorry to say I hadn't realised either.

Thanks for the link. In theory Our vets have similar benefit. The problem seems to come re eligibility, which I understand has some weird and wonderful rules and red tape. To my mind it is simple, you defended the country in any capacity, you have a right to quality care.
spike7451
Nov. 14th, 2012 11:50 am (UTC)
To my mind it is simple, you defended the country in any capacity, you have a right to quality care.

... YES!!!
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