Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Special Day, IWC & Veterans...

Monday, February 27th was a special day.  It is both a happy and sad day, for different reasons. 

This day was the birthday of someone I care for very much; a female Christian friend of mine, who I rarely have contact with.  The same date, was also the anniversary of when Gordon's mom died.

Why I seem to recall special dates, is beyond me.  Truly, they no longer have any significance.  Still, my mind seems to recall some dates as being more important than others.

This past February 27th was special for another reason. 

Along with fellow members of the Injured Workers' Coalition (IWC) group I belong to, and other interested individuals, I met at the CAW Local 200/444 Union Hall, 1855 Turner Rd., Windsor, at 4:30 p.m., for a very important meeting.

More than 150 workers and advocates attended the meeting.  Yes, I knew some people in attendance, but the fact was, there were many people there that I had never met or seen, before.

It's always surprising to visually see that there are those who care about the plight of the injured worker. 

I must say that although there were a great number of people at this meeting, I personally know a handful of those who couldn't make it to the meeting.  So, this kind of gives you an idea of just how many people's lives are influenced by workplace injury.  Not to mention the families of those who have suffered injury at work.

Unfortunately, even though there were people from as far away as Hamilton, Ontario, no government representatives showed up. 

It may sound like I'm changing the subject, but after you've read what I am writing, I'm sure you'll think differently.  In The Windsor Star, an article was published on the front page, entitled Traumatized veterans find help elusive.  Here is a link to the article:  http://www.windsorstar.com/news/Traumatized+veterans+find+help+elusive/6213806/story.html

What makes this relational to the plight of the injured worker, is the fact that in essence, traumatized and other veterans who have been injured in some way, are injured workers.  These brave people who did their best to protect us and stand up for freedom, became injured in their line of duty. 

Of course, they have a different branch of the government to deal with.

Normal, every day, suffering injured workers must tolerate the abusiveness of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) system.  Suffering veterans must contend with Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC).  While the names are different, it appears that the trials endured by those needing assistance, are very similar. 

In my opinion, both groups have to deal with injustice. 

Of course, being Christian, I am grateful that God has blessed me in a way that only another Christian could understand.  He's given me the grace to deal with the issues and forgive those who truly need forgiveness.

There is more to be said, but it will have to wait until tomorrow.

Until next time...

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