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As all Canadians know, there’s nothing more moving than watching veterans of World War II or Korea attend a Remembrance Day ceremony. Those people have been there my entire life. But the truth is, as time marches on, Canada loses five hundred veterans of World War II every single week. But they’re not gone yet - there’s still over one hundred thousand of them living in Canada, a fact that is lost on the Federal government. In the last budget, the Finance Minister said that budget cuts wouldn’t affect people because they were ‘back room cuts’. Well, that’s a bit of a stretch, especially if you consider veterans ‘people’. In this year alone, Veterans Affairs is going to close nine offices across Canada. So if you’re a World War II vet and you have a problem, what do you do? Well, you don’t go to an office and talk to a real person - those days are over. There’s a 1-800 number they can call, or - this is my favourite, bearing in mind the average age is 88 - there’s an app they can download to their smartphone that will allow them to navigate the Veterans Affairs website that will send them to the nearest Service Canada office where, if they need to make burial arrangements, they have to take a number and stand in line behind some guy like me who’s waiting to get his passport renewed (x)

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