Need to take bull by horns on veterans' food issue

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To the editor,

I have just read George Megeney's letter in the Feb. 6 edition of The News relative to so-called meals being served to our surviving veterans at the Pictou facility that is their home. I entirely agree with his comments as well as those previously expressed by so many people regarding this very troubling matter.

Notwithstanding that much has been spoken and written on this subject, it appears that little, if any, corrective action is being take by those who should be in a position to address the situation. This could include, but not necessarily be limited to, the departments of Defence, Veterans Affairs, Health, Canadian Legion, to mention a few. Bureaucracy and procrastination could be factors, but whatever, if anything is being done to properly rectify this reported situation it seems to be taking much too long.

Almost by definition, the veterans, to whom we all owe so very much, are being deprived of enjoyable and nutritious food during their remaining years and the best the rest of us can do is complain about it. Think about it. What is wrong with this picture? We live in an area that is quite well known for rising to the occasion. Most, if not all, charity drives are well responded to yet, in this particular situation, we do not seem to be taking the bull by the horns.

This is not acceptable. This is a cause and we need a champion. Hardly a week goes by that we do not read of some, frequently notable, person, business or otherwise spearheading a drive for some worthy cause. Probably committed, regular subscribers would be required. I believe that we are here and will rise to the occasion. I cannot lead but I will subscribe. Let's get going; time is marching on.

Bob MacKenzie


Organizations: Veterans Affairs

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