Hello friends. It’s been far too long since we had one of our little chats, and for that I’m deeply sorry. State of Affairs isn’t defunct, but we’re in a period of serious change, and as a result my myriad responsibilities as Prince of the Internet have taken me elsewhere and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. With that said, I’m going to make more of an effort to keep content coming on SoA, either personally or courtesy of my network of Correspondents in the form of guest blogs. Thanks for your patience; I really do appreciate it.
Apologies aside, and thanks to my aforementioned Correspondents, something came across my desk this morning that I wanted to share with my Canadian readers.
We have a funny relationship with our military in this country. I don’t think too many Canadians think of themselves or their fellow citizens as war-like. We pride ourselves on being “peacekeepers”, frequently entering combat zones to help those in need. The fact remains, however, that Canadian forces find themselves in combat situations a lot these days: just ask anybody who’s recently taken a tour of Afghanistan. As a result, we’re seeing veterans return from that conflict at numbers unprecedented in years.
Now, I’ve been an outspoken opponent of the Middle East war since its inception back in 2001, but as I’ve said before on this blog, my argument is with policy makers and politicians, not soldiers. As a hero of mine once put it, the job of a soldier is basically to go be brave as a motherfucker all day long, get shot at, and possibly come back dead or in more pieces than when you left. And frankly, no matter what you think about the war or the military, you’d be hard-pressed to argue the case that these men and women don’t deserve our support.
The Canadian Hero Fund is a charity very similar to Britain’s Help for Heroes campaign; it is a grassroots organization designed to provide financial support for veterans and their families. I could explain in further detail, but here’s a video instead:
The Fund is currently becoming active on Facebook; here is the link to their Facebook fan page. I’ve joined as a fan, and their page is now favourited on State of Affairs as well. If you have family or friends who are veterans, or if you simply want to take action to help out the people who represent our country and defend those who can’t defend themselves, I’d urge you to take a look and spread the word.
And thanks again for coming back; I know this was a heavy-handed post, but I promise something lighthearted (or at least caustic and accusatory) will go up soon.