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Politicians Guide - Advice for mayors, MPPs and MPS
« on: August 16, 2012, 09:47:32 PM »
Politicians Guide - Advice for mayors, MPPs and MPS

A dedicated letter campaign will be initiated over the next week to encourage all politicians, regardless of level, to support and take the leadership on the nationwide November 3 rally for veterans. The following report details some ideas as to what and how you can be successful in this endeavor. I would encourage all politicians and leadership roles to include your communities now and begin taking efforts to prepare a program and host a, rally for veterans to celebrate the service of veterans with in your community in a positive manner.

Municipal/Regional  – It is vital that we prepare for wounded veterans returning to communities as a consequence of the injuries that have suffered through their service in Afghanistan and former Yugoslavia, This situation has become an urgent priority as a consequence of the government abandoning promises of retention. There will be no exemptions from the Universality of Service fitness requirements and those who are disabled and cannot perform the same label as those who are not disabled will be released within three years of the final determination. The prospect of hundreds of disabled veterans returning or moving into our communities is alarming and it the Canadian Veterans Advocacy goal to unite municipal, regional, provincial and federal governments and  prepare a community action plan focusing on what elements of support can be provided. The object is to establish a viable support protocols capable of rallying community support and inclusive of civic assistance during the transition.
We would encourage mayors, councillors and regional representatives to bear in mind that many of these veterans have sustained serious physical and/or psychological wounds and that they and their families will be leaving a community characteristically supportive of their plight and transitioning to a region in Canada where the support elements that provided so much support in the aftermath of a life changing wound in war will no longer be available. We must have comprehensive preparations in place and that these veterans and their families are welcomed to our communities with compassion and a willingness to assist. There will be veterans who have sustained catastrophic injuries such as amputations, who may not be able to pass the Canadian Forces Universality of Service fitness requirements but certainly can be very productive employees to the city region and/or the city’s business community. I feel quite confident this nation will rally to their aide, but only if  our mayor, MPP and MP rally their community in support of our wounded warriors, if they use their contacts within their city’s social, health, community and business/commercial community, we can welcome these families home with the compassionate understanding of the time/effort wives, husbands, sons and daughter, mothers and fathers must commit when caring for a disabled veteran.

Provincial. Provincial governments across the nation bear an increasing responsibility to disabled veterans residing in their ridings with respect to raising community support and the application of provincial health and social services. Many services once provided by VAC have been downloaded to provincial authority, the most recent noteworthy example the transfer of the last VAC controlled veterans hospital, St Ann’s in Montreal, to the province of Quebec. Our objective is to unite municipal and provincial leaders under one banner and with the guidance and cooperation of the federal government/local MP/VAC, discuss, prepare and implement an effective community plan capable of providing veterans specific civic, social, and health related support.

Federal.  In anticipation of the November 3rd National Rally for Veterans, the Canadian Veterans Advocacy will be pro-actively approaching all Members of Parliament within the Dominion of Canada to encourage them to exercise leadership on this effort. It is an MPs Sacred Obligation to those residing/serving within there communities who have been wounded/injured as a consequence of a parliamentary decision to send Canada's sons and daughters into Harm's way. Be advised that The Canadian Veterans Advocacy is nonpartisan and composed of veterans who have faithfully served this nation regardless of the serving government’s political affiliation, as such, we have expectations of nonpartisan support when safeguarding the care and respect our wounded warriors and injured veterans deserve.

We must also understand that the wounded do not bear the consequences of war alone, that mothers, fathers, wives, husbands, sons and daughters lives have been forever and profoundly affected.

Suggested Objectives.

Create effective Wounded Warriors Task Corce composed of municipal, regional, provincial and federal representatives and identify multi-level resources available to ensure a painless transition and assimilation into the community is successful.
Encourage local service organizations such as the ANAVETS, the CAV, Royal Canadian Legion and traditional regimental, army, navy, air force and RCMP associations to join local Wounded Warrior’s Task Force and provide veterans helping veterans assistance.

Approach and unite community and business orgs/members to discuss fund raising or compassionate employment opportunities for the disabled veteran and their family members. This is an important facet of transition and generates a great deal of stress. Many of our disabled veterans have extraordinary technical and leadership skills, they can, with proper release based training/education, be productive members of the government or business community. It is also important to understand that the veteran’s spouses and children will need employment opportunities and that there might be a requirement for compassion understanding inherent with care provision.

November 3 rally for veterans. That is very important that the organizers take measures to ensure this effort is well publicized to the community prior to the event in order to encourage veterans living within these communities, particularly those who are in distress or facing health or social problems, to come forward. It does not matter what form you choose, whether it be a rally at City Hall, a get-together at a local veterans canteen, a gathering at the local reserve units armory, Oregon together at City Hall with the intent of engaging in discussions. What is important is that we, as a nation, prepare to welcome disabled veterans soon to be released into our communities and to be prepared to fulfill our obligations as loyal Canadians to provide the social, medical, educational, and employment resources they will require for successful transition.