The increasing attendances at ANZAC Days has been a welcome sign that we are increasingly valuing the huge contributions made by those who served in the Armed Forces, in times of conflict. We literally owe them our freedom.
Unfortunately Governments (of both stripes) have not done as much as they should have, to value the veterans.
Therefore I welcome the policy pledge by Dr Brash to provide a range of benefits to veterans such as priority access to hospital services and access to Housing New Zealand accommodation.
Again, without their sacrifices, our freedoms would not exist.
Oh and I see in the NZ Herald that Labour is going to designate 2006 as the “Year of the Veteran”. No doubt with a multi-million advertising campaign to promote how much Labour likes veterans.