Does Veterans Voices of Canada help our Veterans?
The best way for me to answer that is to show everyone words from a card I received several years ago from the friend of a Veteran who has never really spoken about his D-Day to VE Day experiences with the North Nova Scotia Highlanders. These words mean much to me;
“Dear Allan,I can’t believe Vic’s interview was Aug. 29th. I apologize for being so late getting back to you. Wanted you to know how pleased Victor was when it was over. His words to me over lunch was, “Now I don’t have to keep remembering, it will be recorded.” God bless him, he talks less and less now to those who have heard it so many times… that is good!“…again, I can only thank you for your professional caring way you spoke to Victor, put him at ease and helped him remember. You know it is difﬁcult for the men to remember these times. Hopefully his grandchildren will appreciate his efforts.”
I only wanted to make the point that not only is Veterans Voice of Canada doing important work in historical documentation of our Veterans, but we are helping people who have gone through so much by allowing them to talk, to get it out in the open and then,if they wish… forget about it. As Vic put it, “I can forget about it… it has been recorded.”
Something that you didn’t see in the writing on the card but I was told through a phone call, was that Vic also had the best sleep in decades that night after the interview. This is but one of many cards, emails and phone calls I receive on a regular basis.
That all said,if putting a Veteran’s mind at rest by sitting down with them and allowing them to talk is the least of what Veterans Voices of Canada is accomplishing, then I am one happy man. If that is the case, then I feel we have accomplished something very important. We are making a difference!