Respect our veterans

Is it not high time that we start selecting leaders in this country who have some vision for the future

The letter in the May 24 edition dealing with veterans’ matters begs for further comment.

There is a saying that says, if you enjoy your freedom, thank a veteran.

The current definition of a veteran includes, among others, anyone who has served in the forces of this country. They do not have to have served in a theatre of war.  Just within my own family, my father, two  uncles, an aunt and a grandfather all served in one capacity or another, and they all did more than their share for this country as we now know it.

To even consider a new veterans’ charter in the form proposed is nothing  less than a total insult to these people. Over the last number of years, I have served in a number of capacities for the Royal Canadian Legion. I therefore know first hand what many of the veterans’ needs are.

Is it not high time that we start selecting leaders in this country, regardless of political stripe, who have some vision for the future, along with the political will and conviction to carry it out? By this, I mean a vision to allow the economy to grow with our population and give at least a bit of security to our people. If that were a reality, we would have money enough to pay our bills without deficit budgets, and have the services we  need, including services for veterans.

Is this really too much to ask?

Cam Clayton

Vernon