Wilson renews call for veterans advocate
June 6, 2016
(Sackville, NS) Dave Wilson, MLA for Sackville-Cobequid and an NDP representative on the Standing Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, is renewing the call for the province to appoint a Veteran’s Advocate. Former NDP MLA Gordie Gosse first called for the appointment of a Veteran’s Advocate in March of 2014 when the former Harper government announced the closure of the Sydney Veterans’ Affairs office.
Responding to a story on CBC regarding a 94-year-old WWII veteran who is being denied access to medical care, Wilson said, “On the 72th anniversary of D-Day, I find it completely reprehensible that a WWII Veteran is being denied a placement at the Camp Hill Memorial Hospital.”
“This is an individual who put his life on the line, as a member of the Allied Forces, to defend the freedom and liberty of hundreds of millions of people. Yet, in his hour of need, our government is denying him the care and support he requires. It’s plain wrong, and as someone who grew up in a military family, I find it sickening.”
Last month Jim Smith, a Korean War veteran, was also denied a placement in the Camp Hill Memorial Hospital.
Wilson added, “Our veterans defended us when we needed it the most, and now it’s our turn to defend them. At the very least, our province can appoint a person, and give them the resources, to ensure the rights of Nova Scotian veterans are being respected by the federal government.