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Letters to the editor...Reader says all who served are `veterans'
Independent & Free Press (Georgetown, ON), 19 Dec 2006, p. 6

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Dear editor, Re: Ted Brown's What is a veteran? column Nov. 10) I enjoy Ted's column and generally agree with him but could not with the recent column. I dispute his definition of veteran and have to agree with the Department of National Defence (DND) and Veteran's Affairs. Both my grandfather (Lieut.Colonel C. L. Starr) and my father (H.M. Brownlee) were veterans of the First World War and my father was also in the Second World War (reserve forces, as he was too old for full service). I joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and became an Aero-engine technician trade-code on Merlin engines. I subsequently served with a Search & Rescue Unit based at Trenton, Ontario. I served my contract term and was honourably discharged upon completion. I, along with many other armed forces personnel, were never involved in a "shooting war" or were even out of Canada. I guess we were what could be termed, support personnel. Nonetheless we served our country in the capacity required and supported those who might be called upon to put themselves in harm's way. I feel, as does the DND, that I am every bit as much a veteran as every other member of the Armed Forces. My grandfather was a surgeon and partially responsible for the setup of the CAMC (Canadian Army Medical Corp). My father was a Despatch Rider (motorcyles) and was in attendance at Vimy Ridge (among other places). He ended the war as a corporal. Fortunately, neither received any wounds (although both were mentioned in despatches) and returned to Canada safely. Doug Brownlee, Georgetown

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Letters to the editor...Reader says all who served are `veterans'