The uniform deserves our respect and wearing the uniform must display respect. Veterans deserve our respect. Those who are suffering from PTS or those who end up homeless on the street deserve our respect and need our support.
The Respect Campaign is a civilian project headquartered in Montreal Quebec. The campaign serves to bring awareness to the needs of our returning troops and veterans. In October 2017, the Respect Campaign unveiled a monument on highway 40 in Kirkland Quebec which is seen by more than 100,000 motorists daily. To promote awareness among business leaders, the Respect Campaign, in partnership with Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS), sold “Respect Banners” for commercial buildings of which all proceeds went to CFMWS for distribution to causes supporting the fight against PTS. More than 40 banners were sold along highway 40 and can be seen every year in the fall.
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 PTS and Homelessness.
These groups include; NGO’s, hospitals, charities, veterans associations, local governments, the Canadian Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs. PTS and homelessness among veterans is a serious problem that requires a collective effort and shared resources.
Those who have served and suffer from PTS are legitimate casualties of conflict and are entitled to the same care and support as all other casualties. Homeless veterans and those suffering from PTS remain in the conflict and should not be left behind.