Vet says feds cheap on D

Maxine Myers thinks it unfair that Canadian veterans invited to attend commemorative 70th anniversary ceremonies for D Day and the Battle at Normandy are being offered a token $2,000 credit voucher to cover the cost of the trip.

The voucher is being offered by Veterans Affairs Canada for the events set for June 5 8 in France.

Myers said it even more unfair that dignitaries like Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Veterans Affairs minister Julian Fantino, retired general Richard Rohmer and a delegation of military brass and staff will have all their travel expenses paid for by taxpayers.

Myers, who lives with her 88 year old husband Eugene Weber at the Symphony Seniors Living Centre in Kanata, is embarrassed that the Canadian government is pinching pennies with older veterans like her husband.

Weber joined the Canadian navy when he was 16, and saw action on D Day when more thousands of Canadian troops landed on Juno Beach.

Weber stayed with the navy for 27 years before retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He is scheduled to receive one of France most esteemed military awards at the ceremony, but his wife isn sure if they can afford to go. and Canada will mark.

Veteran Affairs Canada says it will reimburse a portion of the travel, hotel and food costs for up to 180 veterans for up to $2,000, if they participate in the ceremony, but will not cover expenses of caregivers.

Nicholas Bergamini, press secretary for the department, said and experts helped design the Canadian program in order to maximize the number of Veterans who are able to participate.

of their efforts, up to 180 cheap jerseys Veterans will travel to Juno Beach this June. has mild Alzheimer and requires round the clock attention. He wants to attend but cannot make the journey without his wife.

However, a number of paramedics have volunteered to accompany the veterans, most of them in their 90s, to Juno Beach.

England Royal Navy celebrated the Battle of the Atlantic in 2005, they treated the vets well and provided everything. It was a wonderful tribute to these brave men.

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