THUNDER BAY – “For far too long, Canada’s veterans have been neglected by successive Liberal and Conservative governments,” says NDP candidate Yuk-Sem Won (Thunder Bay-Rainy River), and “It’s time for that to change”.
“It’s time to do right by those who have served,” said Won. “I am proud to stand up for our local veterans and ensure that they receive the services that they deserve. The Liberals turned their backs on them and the Conservatives made major cuts in veteran services. That is not the way to treat the people who served us. The NDP will do things differently.”
Veterans living in Northern Ontario face different challenges than those in bigger city centres. Local veterans don’t have enough access to services such as PTSD and trauma counselling. She is prepared to bring the voices of northern veterans to the forefront, to make sure they receive the honour and services they deserve.
“A New Democratic government will review benefits and work with veterans to find the best way to tackle the challenges they face, including the issue of equal access to lifetime pensions,” added Won. “The NDP knows that Canada’s veterans deserve the best care and support possible when they come home. We are committed to making sure they get it.”
Won volunteered at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #225 in Kakabeka Falls, including by donating her time creating the medals and prizes for the Kakabeka Falls Half Marathon and 8 K for the last three years. She and her family were also very active at Royal Canadian Legion Branch #173 in her hometown of Hearst. Now, she is ready to be a strong voice for veterans in Ottawa.