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Closures an affront to vets

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Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino places a wreath during the 2013 Remembrance Day ceremony in Ottawa.

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Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino places a wreath during the 2013 Remembrance Day ceremony in Ottawa.

Re: Tories kill motion to keep veterans offices open, Feb. 4.

The song Till the Boys Come Home was originally written in 1914 during the First World War, and was later renamed Keep the Home Fires Burning.

It would appear that the federal government is now torching eight Veterans Affairs offices across the country, saying veterans can get assistance quite readily online, through Service Canada offices or to by going to the nearest "regional" office.

With all the staff reductions and amalgamations, Service Canada officers are unable to keep up with their duties thanks to a near-skeleton staff. As for the government websites, they're nearly impossible to navigate. Even if you can find a phone number, it's nearly impossible to speak with a person.

The Conservatives were all about the photo ops on Remembrance Day, laying wreaths to commemorate our heroes. Now it would appear they are laying kindling to burn the Veterans Affairs offices and the services veterans deserve, further disrespecting the men and women who offered their lives to allow us the freedoms we enjoy.

Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino and the Conservatives should hang their heads in shame. It would appear that the commemorations on Nov. 11 were a mockery of our veterans and their sacrifices.

DON DUPUIS

St. Adolphe

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 10, 2014 A8

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