TIME FOR CONSERVATIVES TO RESPECT VETERANS: NDP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 6, 2012 

TIME FOR CONSERVATIVES TO RESPECT VETERANS: NDP

 As Veterans’ Week begins, Conservatives continue to fail low-income
veterans, their families

 WINDSOR – At the beginning of Veterans’ Week, the NDP is denouncing the cavalier manner in how the Conservative government treats those who have bravely served our country.

 Local NDP MP Brian Masse (Windsor West) expressed his dismay at the appalling treatment of veterans: “Our veterans deserve better from this government. 
They have served and protected and defended the freedoms that we all
have today.  This government needs to be accountable to those who have served by acknowledging their hard work and dedication with readily available benefits and health services to help them readjust upon coming home.  It is only fair.”

 Last weekend, it was revealed that nearly 70 percent of applications for financial
help to bury homeless or low-income veterans are rejected by the Conservative
government.

 This latest report just adds to the many embarrassing failures from the Conservatives on the Veterans Affairs file, from debilitating red tape to failing to transition ill and injured personnel to civilian life to harmful budget cuts.

 “When it comes to veterans, the Conservatives promise them so much and deliver so little,” said NDP Veterans critic Peter Stoffer (Sackville—Eastern Shore). “Military and RCMP personnel have the unlimited liability and we in Parliament have the ultimate responsibility to their and their families’ needs, all the way to and including the headstone.”

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 For more information, please contact:

Sarah Douglas, Acting Regional Press Secretary,
613-324-9131 or sarah.douglas@parl.gc.ca