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The battle isn’t over for veterans who live in this region and are putting pressure on the federal government not to close the Corner Brook Veterans Affairs office.

The office is closing as part of Ottawa’s rush to cut spending — though that characterization wouldn’t be shared by those who are making the decisions far from here.

The Corner Brook office is one of nine across the nation that will close Friday and service to veterans will be handled by an office in St. John’s or by phone or computer.

That isn’t sitting well with veterans of all generations — or the public — and it shouldn’t be.

These are men and women who have served this country gallantly and the people of this country owe them the best of care and service of all kinds.

Some are Second World War veterans who are all in their late 80s or early 90s and almost all need special attention because of their ages.

Younger veterans of more recent conflicts may have different needs and requirements ... but they are no less vital to the quality of their daily lives.

If the government that represents all of us isn’t making decisions we agree with, it’s time to show them how we collectively feel.

There is a protest planned for Friday in Corner Brook at the Joseph R. Smallwood federal building and there should be a throng of people from all sectors of society in attendance.

It’s time to send the message that we the people haven’t forgotten our obligations to those who put their lives on the line to protect us.

Organizations: Corner Brook Veterans Affairs office.The

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Ottawa

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