Lest We Forget ….

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Today is Remembrance Day, Veteran’s Day or Armistice Day depending on where you live. November 11 is acknowledged every year as we remember the soldiers who have fallen, paying the ultimate price defending their countries and allies in numerous wars. A few days ago I saw the enclosed video and it moved me so much I thought I would share it with you:

 

We buy poppies and for one day we remember those who have fallen in battle to defend us. However it’s just as important to remember also that there are thousands of soldiers who may not have paid the ultimate price of dying for their countries but are suffering every day due to serious physical injuries, and most important, mental damage due to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Many governments refuse to acknowledge PTSD as a legitimate disease. We must put pressure on our governments, through veterans’ organizations and other means, to compensate the soldiers and their families who are paying a huge price 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 is extended to them and their families.

Let’s remember all of those men and women who sacrificed not only their lives but their personal health to defend their countries, comrades and fellow citizens. These soldiers suffer chronic unemployment, poverty, depression and the pain of physical and mental injuries. When we remember the dead on the 11th hour, 11th day, 11th month let us also remember those heroes who survived death only to be treated like the living dead.

Thank you to all our soldiers for their service. Semper Fi.

16 thoughts on “Lest We Forget ….

  1. Natasha

    Watching the march past the cenotaph in London and one of the groups on parade for the first time are the service men and women from the combat stress society. Things are changing, slowly.

    On a different note, today 18 years ago at 11am we had a two minute silence and at 11.05 am I said I Do. :-)

    1. Wave Post author

      Hi Natasha

      That is good to know and I hope this means that the British Government is now providing financial assistance to those soldiers who suffer from PTSD.

      Congratulations on a very happy occasion 18 years ago. :)

  2. Tj

    Wave, thank you for this post. It’s so easy to take for granted the great sacrifices that these brave people make. My deepest gratitude to all those who currently serve or have served their countries.

    1. Wave Post author

      Tj
      I remember our soldiers not just on November 11 but every day, as I see them going to the veteran’s center. I hope that things will turn around for them very soon – they don’t deserve the current treatment meted out to them.

  3. Jacquie

    Thanks for putting that video up. I don’t follow enough of what goes on here in Canada but I do know that the veterans are fighting for PTSD to be recognized and something tells me it’s a case by case study for the feds and provinces. Hopefully all who suffer from this will not have to fight another fight for people to know about this. And congrats to Britain for recognizing PTSD.

    1. Wave Post author

      Hi Jacquie

      The video is from a website called moments.org that has some wonderful moments. You should check it out.

      As for the video, it’s actually about US servicemen but it could easily have been about Canadian servicemen. I wish our government would do a whole lot more for our soldiers. These heroes served to protect all of us and they deserve to be financially compensated for their injuries. We also need to find them jobs so that they don’t go hungry.

  4. Shelagh

    Thank you for posting this. My grandfather was ‘shell shocked’ in the Norway campaign in the spring of 1940 and invalided out of the army later that year. After years being in and out of psychiatric hospitals he committed suicide in 1985. PTSD blighted his life and his family’s for a very long time. I think we still have a long way to go, but it’s good to know that things are changing for the better.

    1. Wave Post author

      Hi Shelagh

      Thank you for commenting and I’m very sorry about your grandfather. When he served I guess very little was know about PTSD and many soldiers committed suicide because no one was willing to help them.

      Unfortunately it will be a while before many governments officially recognize PTSD as a legitimate disease because they don’t want to pay for the care of those afflicted. The Candian government spent hundreds of millions in lawyers’ fees over the years trying to escape their responsibility, but I believe recently they decided to reach a settlement. That money could have been spent years ago in health care.

  5. Sirius

    Thank you for this post and for this video Wave. I too wish that all our governments would do better for our soldiers, every day of the year, not just once a year.

    1. Wave Post author

      The prime minister or the president or another official lays a wreath on the grave of the unknown soldier once a year. However they refuse to acknowledge the real damage to those still living and also refuse to help them in a material way.

      I hope that posts like this all over the world would open the eyes of at least one person who can help.

      Thanks for commenting Sirius.

  6. Helen

    Oh, Wave, thank you for that video. It really, truly moved me. Every single generation of my Dad’s family has had at least one member serve in a branch of the armed forces, and I find today really difficult, emotionally. At least this year my little brother is back from Afghanistan.

    I am pretty sure that the UK’s Ministry of Defense does recognize PTSD, and offers treatement. Not enough, and not often enough, but it does recognize it, at least?

    1. Wave Post author

      Hi Helen
      Such a simple video but it said so much. I was in tears the first time I saw it. I can never understand a government, any government, that would treat its returning soldiers as if they were crap and refuse to help them through an illness caused by war.

      I hope that Britain will set an example to other countries. All they need is one contry and maybe they will loosen the purse strings. My country (Canada) spent hundreds of millions of dollars figbhting its former solders in court so that it would not have to pay them what they were owed for an injury caused by war. How awful is that?

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