Remembrance Day, Veteran’s Day or Armistice Day, depending on where you live, is acknowledged every year as we remember those soldiers who have paid the ultimate price by giving their lives to defend their countries or allies in various wars, whether it’s the Korean War, Iraq, or Afghanistan. We all buy poppies and for one day we remember those who have fallen in battle to defend us.
I think it’s important to remember, also, that there are thousands of soldiers who may not have paid the ultimate price of dying for their countries but they are suffering every day due to serious physical injuries, and most important, mental damage due to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Many governments, including our own in Canada, refuse even to acknowledge PTSD as a legitimate disease. We must compensate the soldiers and their families who are literally going through hell on earth as a result of defending their countries. It’s time for our governments (Canadian, American, Australian, British and allies) to honour both their war dead as well as those who may as well be dead for all the assistance that their governnments are extending to them and their families.
Let’s remember all of those who sacrificed their lives and personal health to defend their countries, comrades and their fellow citizens.