During a recent discussion with a friend, we were talking about organizations helping other organizations via donations, which is the lifeblood of may of those organizations. I asked that among all the other deserving organizations, had they ever considered Veterans Voices of Canada and if not, why?
The quick answer was that we don’t really help anybody.
The best way for me to answer that is to show everyone this card I received several years ago, from the friend of a Veteran who has talked, albeit not at length, about his D-Day / forward experiences with the North Nova Scotia Highlanders. It’s one that means much to me and I mention often.
“Dear Allan,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, get it out in the open and –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.
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 I have accomplished something very important in doing just that.