Dear Mr. Harper

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As a 33 year veteran, I would say the greatest support and honour you can give veterans is to work to ensure that we do not continue to inflict the suffering of war on our soldiers, their families, or others, ever again. Once people are hurting, it is too late and words sound hollow.

As a 33 year veteran, I would say the greatest support and honour you can give veterans is to work to ensure that we do not continue to inflict the suffering of war on our soldiers, their families, or others, ever again. Once people are hurting, it is too late and words sound hollow.
I implore you to make Canada once again a nation of peace, and not a nation of war, as we seem to be now, as a response to conflict in the world. If you can do one thing to honour veterans it would be to create a Department of Peace that can give us other options than killing and suffering. We do not give peacemaking anywhere near the chance it deserves; or our veterans deserve for what they have gone through.
 We do not seem to learn. To honour    veterans, I ask you to work for peace. Only your actions will speak; words will be quite unnecessary.
Paul Maillet
Colonel (retired)
OTTAWA