William H.A. Willbond MSM, CD

THE OSI[1] CRY

Their families and friends knew that they had the nerve.
These Canadians who signed the line to selflessly serve.

Our wounded came home, after their blood had been shed,
With terrible thoughts of buddy KIA[2]s still fresh in their heads.

No one hires machine gunners and snipers out on Civvie Street.
They feel alone, neglected, trying to make daily ends meet.

Our bureaucratic New Veteran’s Charter’s a document of deceit.
It does not address the needs of those sleeping on the concrete.

Their lump sum is quickly gone on wine, whiskey and beer.
Deep guilt, and depression – it lingers – yes it is still here.

Suicidal thoughts bounce around, inside of the head:
They get the feeling they would be better off dead.

Veterans Affairs Canada – please listen to each OSI cry,
Before too many more veterans, they choose to die.

VAC[3], please harshly amend or do away with the NVC[4].
Give pensions to our wounded who helped keep us free.

Photo ©Copyright 2013 by John-Ward Leighton
Photo by ex QOR PPCLI Airborne Sigs Soldier and award winning IWVPA poet,
and professional photographer - my old Army Buddy, John Ward Leighton