Both Peddle and Harvey agree that those appointed to help veterans with their issues need to have vast knowledge of what it's like to be in uniform. Harvey believes that there's too many "political appointees" running the show.
Peddle had crossed the border from Israel to Syria to pick up a few Christmas trees for the men. He says the hostage taking was a case of mistaken identity.
Peddle has personal experience dealing with such trauma. While on his United Nations tour in the Middle East in the late 1980s, he was, briefly, held hostage by the Syrian militia at gunpoint.
Labradorian Veterans express frustration
"There needs to be change within the organization and within the Government of Canada to recognize the fact that the men and women who put on the uniform to serve our country demand, and expect, that the country will stand behind them."
"My companionhe was the first guy that was grabbed and put over the jeep with an AK 47 stuck in his head and than I felt one in the back of mine."
One of the most important, and complex, issues facing veterans when they return from combat is post traumatic stress and mental health issues. Peddle and Harvey say that many veterans still don't know where to go for help when dealing with their trauma.
In Labrador, where there is no Veterans Affairs office, it's difficult enough already for a veteran to find out where to turn for help, according to Peddle.
"Unfortunatelywhen you're in areas in this world where there's a lot of armed conflict; a lot of things happening to kids, women, and childrenit's not an easy processwhen you come back to Canada, on your own land, your mind is still off and active over there. Because you don't forget it, you live with it and move on." Nike Air Force 1 Green Low
"I think we need to get a message to Ottawa, and to the Prime Minister's Office, that we still, as veterans, defended two square feet we stand on. But the people who defend us is not there; you have the wrong people in the office."
Harvey has been involved in steering veterans in the right direction in order to seek help for their problems. According to Harvey, veterans often have to reach out to each other, because they don't know where else to turn.
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"It's the policy being implemented by the government that's the problem," says Peddle. "And that's kind of sad when you listen to a veteran along the coast of Labrador or whatever, trying to Nike Air Force 1 Low Kids
Like many other veterans across the country, Peddle is skeptical about whether or not Service Canada can Nike Force Sky High Sneaker Wedge Black provide the same level of service to veterans that the Veterans Affairs offices did.
"The uniform that we wore over there was not a Canadian Forces uniform. It was a Pakistani uniform," says Peddle. "Although we were easily identified with a blue beret on our head my uniform had UN patches on it. My name was in Arabic as well as English"
Veterans in Happy Valley Goose Bay have been paying close attention to Fantino and news of the office closures. With the office in Corner Brook closed as of Jan. 31, some Labradorian veterans are concerned about being further removed from important services.
"The closures themselves is an insult to the veterans who served this country from every war to present day Afghanistan," says Harvey. "And unfortunately, this is only the tip of the iceberg for more closures coming."
"That's as fresh today as it was 20 years ago," he says.
get out to Veterans Affairs."
Craig Harvey, a Canadian Forces veteran who served a tour in Bosnia, is worried that the office closures will just be the beginning of more cuts to veteran funding.
"Before, we were fairly comfortable with the office in Corner Brook, but now we have to go to St John's," says veteran Max Peddle, who served three tours with NATO in Europe, and one United Nations tour in the Middle East.
Peddle and his companion were released after a couple of hours, but the frightening incident left its mark on him.
"It's an adjustment to try to get back and to try to live a normal life," says Harvey.
"I've seen it as a young kid, World War 1, World War 2, the guys coming back; they were just left alone. We thought we'd improved the organizations" says Peddle.
a million dollars. They just needed help."
"In fact, right now, I'm dealing with a case right here in Labrador.
"I think the government of Canada (is saving money) on the backs of the men and women who serves their country, including the RCMP."
The closure of eight Veterans affairs offices across the country by the federal government has sparked a national discussion about how we treat the men and women who served Canada in uniform.
Fuel was added to the fire when CBC News captured Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino's contentious meeting with a group of veterans in Ottawa on camera.
"I've been notified that (there's) a possibility of a suicide. That's pretty serious, because the veteran has likely given up hope. And I'm trying to encourage him."
"They have no idea what the military is about, or the RCMP," says Harvey.
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