Sad news today in the world of motorcycle racing. #69 The Kentucky Kid, Nicky Hayden has passed away days after a horrible cycling accident ...
Monday, 11 November 2013
Lest We Forget
Today is Remembrance Day, and unfortunately it is the only time of the season that we think about what all the veterans sacrificed so we could lead a life of freedom. Even if you do not believe in the reasons for going to war, our young men and women serving our country have put themselves in harms way, and that alone demands respect. Many did not come home, those that have will never be the same again, physically or mentally.
photos from the Huffington Post
My old high school friend Rick did a little rant on how our country is letting our veterans down.
Mercer focuses on cuts to Veterans Affairs which will lead to the closure of nine offices and, consequently, more obstacles to access for those who have served Canada in uniform.
"So if you’re a World War II vet and you have a problem, what do you do? Well, you don’t go to an office and talk to a real person — those days are over," Mercer says. "There’s a 1-800 number they can call, or — this is my favourite, bearing in mind the average age is 88 — there’s an app they can download to their smartphone which will allow them to navigate the Veterans Affairs website, a website that will send them to the nearest Service Canada office where, if they need to make burial arrangements, they have to take a number and stand in line behind some guy like me who’s waiting to get his passport renewed."
"I'm sorry, if you fought on the beach in Dieppe and survived, you should not have to spend any portion of your final days on this Earth in a Service Canada office."
The Last Post Fund itself, veterans groups and funeral directors have lobbied the government to raise the amount of money its puts towards funerals, which has been fixed at $3,600 since 2000. They also want the eligibility requirements broadened.