Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Government Says Killed Soldier Doesn't Merit Medal

Father wonders why his fallen son doesn't merit Sacrifice Medal

CBC News

Master Cpl. Jeffrey Scott Walsh, 33, died on Aug. 9, 2006, while on patrol outside Kandahar. He was accidentally shot by a fellow soldier. Now a Regina man is asking why his son and other indirect casualties of war will not be awarded a new Sacrifice Medal to honour fallen soldiers.

To add insult to the injury of losing a son, when the father inquired about the medal, the Canadian government informed the father that soldiers accidentally killed do not qualify to receive the medal.

This means that out of the 97 soldiers that have been killed in action in Afghanistan to date, 13 of them will not receive the honour.

This policy is absolutely ludicrous and needs to be changed. It wasn't their choice to die in Afghanistan, they gave their life for Canada. All soldiers' families deserve compassion and understanding for the loss of a loved one. Each time a soldier is killed in Afghanistan we hear the government stand up in the House of Commons and say it was a tragic loss and that the soldiers died with honour. If they really mean what they say, they should show it to all by changing this policy for this medal.

Canadians should stand up and let their voice be heard, and write their MP if they disagree with this policy. When MP's come around looking for your vote in the coming election make sure you pass on your displeasure over this policy. With luck, if enough people complain to their MP's, perhaps they'll change the policy.
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