(Putting on my Nomex coveralls here)
I'm personally in favour of the ABC campaign.
Fair enough. And like the majority of the ABC vets you're retired and not directly affected by changes to the Canadian Forces anymore. Budget cuts, equipment shortfalls, shitty rules of engagement, not your problem.
I see people quite often come out with this "veteran groups speaking on behalf of all veterans" claim. When you challenge them on it, and ask them to cite an instance where any of these types of groups have claimed to speak on behalf of all veterans, you always get silence in response.
Check their delivery.
Help your Veterans.
Support your Veterans.
Veterans against Harper.
During the Afghan war 178 Canadian Soldiers committed suicide compared to 158 soldiers killed in Combat (So Harper is now some how responsible for soldiers killing themselves from a number of reasons including bad relationships, including soldiers who killed themselves who didn't even deploy to Afghanistan. right)
We support our Veterans, Anyone But Conservatives.
These guys are a small minority of mostly retired members who are playing the Veteran card to try and sway voters.
Nobody is speaking on behalf of all veterans, including the Royal Canadian Legion - although they may be the biggest offenders when it comes to claiming they and they alone represent veterans.
No love from me for the Legion and I think they're guilty of the same thing but ABC is a lot louder and more direct.
I'm also quite certain that the author of the HuffPost article took some literary license when stating that veterans would be showing up in their uniforms.
We'll see at election time.
Vets know the rules and their "uniform" is a beret and medals with varying types of outfits, such as blazers, motorcycle vests, etc.
Now you're speaking on behalf of vets
I'm going to disagree and suggest there's a lot of vets out there who don't know the rules, just like I'm sure a lot of serving members don't.
Speaking of uniforms this looks ridiculous. I really hope this doesn't pass as a uniform.
The ABC - Veterans campaign is not telling anyone how to vote. They're making it perfectly clear what you're going to get if nothing changes.
They ARE telling you (us) how to vote. They're saying don't vote for the conservatives. They may not be telling you a specific party TO vote for but they are still campaigning against one party, ergo trying to persuade your vote.
Especially so if they sit outside voting booths in some semblance of a uniform trying to use their Veteran Cards.