John Labelle, a 72-year-old veteran who served 38 years in the Canadian navy, cited a litany of complaints about pension clawbacks and changes to the New Veterans Charter.
"It’s been misleading on many issues and it needs to be more up front and support veterans and their families… . I’d like to tell the prime minister of Canada to treat our veterans as national heroes … and to allow democracy to reign in the House of Commons."
Zwicker, a member of Canadian Veterans Advocacy, said the federal government’s support for the military doesn’t extend to those who are wounded or become ill.
"They support the troops, but they don’t support them when they’re broken," he said. "It’s a case of, ’What have you done for me lately?’ Once you’re broken, you’re treated like a piece of dollar store garbage and thrown right off the shelf."
The protesters, some of them wearing rows of military medals, shared the public square known as the Grand Parade with dozens of Occupy Nova Scotia activists.