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Friday, 11 October 2013
BY THE LEFT - IN A BUNCH - QUICK MARCH
This is the cluster f........ that we look like to the government. My drive across Canada demonstrated how disfunctional we are. Time to start sharing our toys and get on with it.
It being gathering under one banner with one(1) voice. Here are some discussion points for US ALL to think about and decide upon. From emails I have received.
Re: Veterans Among Us BRIEF
8:32 AM (2 hours ago)
I couldn't agree more Michael. Unfortunately that'll never happen. There's too many people that want everything done their way or the highway, and a lot of vets are getting fed up with the animosity of the different groups. I myself, was involved in numerous advocacy groups, but none of them want to work with each other, and it seems everyone wants recognition. I've had enough with the lot of them and have settled down with Jeff Martland, as his "Jack Reacher" as he calls me. Jeff's not in it for anything but to educate the public.
You'd think after x number of years in the military establishment, veterans would know how to work as a team and come together, rather than holding pissing contests to see who can write their name more eloquently in the snow. It frustrates the shit out of me personally.
Great job on the drive by the way. I wish I was able to get out to see you when you were in the area, but health these days being what it is...LOL. Take care of yourself Michael.
Jeff & Harold; Having just completed my trip cross Canada to inspire unity of all Veterans, it appeared very obvious that there is unity and loyalty but it is all local. As I visited each area of Canada, the Veterans were either not told or the concept was too national for them.
I believe we need to get our own house in order first. The Legion is organized we, are not. Step one should be to design a command structure each region is comfortable with followed by units of common interests across the country should set up regular communications.
In addition, nothing ever gets done without logistics. We need to identify our requirements and then get the resources.
So to re-cap we need a common banner under which we all will agree to. One that represents all Vets. Second, we need to get a organizational structure set up and lastly with logistics we need in house experts that can find and get access to the monies that are available out there for us.
A wonderful initiative. Perhaps the Legion and other organizations can assist by asking their members not to wear organization medals in public during the month of November to help veterans stand out.
Just a thought,
On 2013-10-10, at 11:49 AM, Our Duty wrote:
Please give distribution and encourage the participation of as many veterans as possible. This is an excellent way to get civilians paying attention.
Colonel, will you add your thoughts? - JRM
WHAT: Veterans Among Us
WHERE: Across Canada
WHEN: 1 & 30 November
WHO: All who have served in the Canadian Forces and RCMP
HOW: By wearing medals, insignia, badges, pins, or anything else that visibly shows you to be a veteran
WHY: To show civilians how many veterans there are, so that they will pay attention to veterans issues and help solve problems.
1 in 35 Canadians is a veteran of the Forces or RCMP, yet many people do not realize they know veterans. Veterans can be reluctant to discuss their service with those outside the military/mounted communities. While people living near bases may be more aware, those in larger centres or away from bases probably don’t know much about the contributions made by veterans. It is also normal for people to ignore news which is not connected to their life. For that matter, when people hear ‘veteran’, many still think of old men in wheelchairs on Remembrance Day – and not the reality of who veterans are.
Veterans Among Us is designed to change that.
By participating, veterans will be helping citizens to understand that veterans are male and female, from all parts of Canada’s cultural mosaic, and are all around them, all the time. It will promote knowledge and understanding of veterans issues in a non-political, non-confrontational way. Instead of elderly en, people will start seeing their friends, neighbours, co-workers, whenever they hear the word ‘veteran’. It will give individual Canadians the chance to say thanks, to ask questions about your service, and to find out about how we are treating you.
Veterans Among Us is the first step to achieving results for those who served – as long as veterans remain hidden from the public mind, civilians won’t be paying attention. But when people discover that people they know have served, citizens will be far more vocal in supporting veterans.