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Dec 2013 / Jan 2014 Editorial:
In our November issue Scott Casey, who served in Sarajevo, told us of a film to be featured November 10th on the History Channel, called “Sector Sarajevo”. I could not watch it at the time but following his instructions I went to www.history.ca and watched it on line. It is an amazing story that has little or no resemblance to the information we were given during this, “Police Action”. I highly recommend the film if you would like to see world politics in all its glory. The following is the preface to the film.
Sector Sarajevo is the untold story of Canada’s deadly mission in a city under siege. In summer 1992, the Yugoslav city of Sarajevo descends into a living hell. Torn by civil war, it becomes a killing zone for three years, with thousands of its citizens killed. Canadian soldiers are sent in as the spearhead of a UN peacekeeping mission — but in Sarajevo, there’s no peace to keep.
Outgunned, they manage to secure the airport and bring in aid to the starving city. But in a nightmare situation, they break the rules and use deadly force to confront warlords and kill snipers. When the Canadians return home, they keep quiet — and pay a personal price. This is the inside story of a small group of men doing their duty in the midst of madness. And for the first time, key players – from grunts to generals – tell their story in their own words.
We receive a large number of letters during the year commenting on the Support Our Troops ribbon on our cover but these numbers go up drastically after each November issue. Most are from ex-military who now work in the trucking industry.
Many of these letters this year referred to our comments on the 2006 Veterans Charter that was unanimously passed by ALL political parties. The charter greatly reduced the benefits and support that our returning soldiers now receive. Often a civilian hurt on the job will receive a lifetime pension from WCB but that option has been taken away from soldiers who have been injured in the line of duty. They are now given lump sum payments which, when turned into an annuity, give them just a fraction of what a civilian would receive over their lifetime.
Last week three more veterans from the Afghanistan conflict committed suicide. Sympathy ran rampant in the legislature when this was announced but so far no politician, from any party, has broken ranks and admitted that the new charter does not do enough for our returning soldiers.
From all of us here at Pro-Trucker – may everyone out on the road return safely to their families and we wish all our readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
To our politicians – a lump of coal would suffice.