Carlos Osorio/torstar news service


War veteran Robert Young is having his scooter taken away.

When World War II veteran Dr. Robert Young watches a Remembrance Day ceremony on television on Sunday, he will feel nostalgic about lost friends and sacrifices made — but he will also feel a little forgotten.

"They are going to take away my scooter," said the 86-year-old, referring to Veterans Affairs Canada, the agency that has provided him with his means of getting around for the past five years.

Then he added: "Lest we forget, lest forgotten."

Unable to walk, the retired Etobicoke chiropractor who was a leading aircraftman from 1942 to 1945, said he has been declared a "dangerous driver" and will be stripped of his electric scooter.

Young said he is going to have to make do with a manual wheelchair or buy his own scooter.

Yes, the scooter has weathered a few scratches and paint chips, but Young said the minor damage can be chalked up to accessibility issues.

When he goes out, some stores don’t have automatic doors on bathrooms and in order from him to open the doors, he has to bump them with his scooter.

"They say I’m dangerous, but I’ve never hit anything. ... They think I should get a psychiatric assessment," Young said. "But it’s money. Veterans Affairs is trying to save money."

privacy issues

  • Although familiar with Young’s case, Stephen Little, a district director with Veterans Affairs Canada, said he could not speak specifically about the case due to privacy issues.