Kandahar-based Tim Hortons employees now eligible for medals, worship
Tim Hortons employees working at the Kandahar Airfield won’t need to roll up the rim to win anything; they’ll just need to keep serving coffee, which is now, apparently, a medal-worthy endeavour. A recent revamp to the process by which the Canadian Forces acknowledges overseas service means that the General Service Medal, which was previously awarded to military personnel, will soon be up for grabs by civilians—including Tim Hortons employees.
During the Second World War, medals were awarded to civilians working for the Salvation Army, YMCA and other organizations, but critics say expanding medal eligibility to commercial operations is a different story. One war veteran advocate told the Post that the new changes will only attract attention seekers: “You’re going to get a lot of rear-echelon people who just go over to hunt for medals, do their 30 days in someplace safe and say, ‘Look, I did my time in Afghanistan, I’m a hero, worship me.’”
Potential megalomaniacs should probably start getting their double-double sagas together early to ensure their worship priority.
• Tim Hortons staff eligible for Afghan war medals [National Post]