Truro – CUPE Nova Scotia President Danny Cavanagh says he and his members are concerned that veterans and other service personnel will be cut off from services when Veterans Affairs offices in eight communities close on January 31, 2014.
“As a collective society, we must impress upon MPs in Nova Scotia and across the country the importance of keeping Veterans Affairs offices open,” Cavanagh says, “including the office in Sydney.”
Cavanagh says the federal government’s decision to close nine offices is not only disrespectful towards veterans and service personnel, it is potentially harmful.
“Many of our veterans and returning soldiers are in crisis,” he says, “and now is not the time to be taking away the services that ensure those veterans get the help they need, when they need it.
“Further,” he adds, “how discouraging for those who serve, and for those who are considering joining the armed forces… what kind of a message does this send?”
Cavanagh is calling on all citizens to tell the Harper government to immediately rescind the decision to close these offices, including the one in Sydney.
“The Atlantic region has many personnel who give their entire working lives to this country. The least we can do is to stand shoulder to shoulder with them when they need us most,” he says.