The uniform deserves our respect and wearing the uniform must display respect. Veterans deserve our respect. Those who are suffering from PTSD or those who end up homeless on the street deserve our respect and need our support.
They called it Soldiers Heart in the American Civil War, Shell Shocked during the First World War and Soldiers Fatigue during the Second World War. It has been around a long time and it is not going to disappear. Awareness of this must be continuously promoted.
Government and Canadian Forces cannot do it by themselves. They need the support of the public and the business community. Funds raised will be given to Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services and directed to approved programs targeting PTSD and Homelessness.
These groups include; NGO’s, hospitals, charities, veterans associations, local governments, the Canadian Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs. PTSD and homelessness among veterans is a serious problem that requires a collective effort and shared resources.
Those who have served and suffer from PTSD are legitimate casualties of conflict and are entitled to the same care and support as all other casualties. Homeless veterans and those suffering from PTSD remain in the conflict and should not be left behind.