Local Liberal Anticipates Veterans Affairs Announcement
Prince George, B.C. – With Remembrance Day happening this week, the timing seems ripe for a government announcement regarding the re-opening of Canada’s Veterans Affairs Offices.
That from Cariboo-Prince George Liberal candidate Tracy Calogheros, whose party promised to re-open the offices, including the one in Prince George, once elected.
“I think this is a logical week where we may hear something from the minister (Kent Hehr) around the reopening of the veterans office,” she says. “I really do believe that it’s a priority for this government.”
Following a possible announcement, Calogheros anticipates those re-openings would happen in the first year of the party’s mandate – a move that would have the full support of BC/Yukon Legion Zone Commander John Scott.
“I think it’ll mean a lot. We’ve had two quarterly visits with veterans affairs and obviously it turned up more than eight veterans,” he says. ” That was the number they (ministry) gave us as the only cases in Prince George and it’s obviously more than that.”
Scott says having local service will alert many veterans to benefits they didn’t know they qualified for – important things like health benefits and financial compensation.
The issue of re-opening the offices became a hot button campaign issue after the Harper administration closed several across the country, including the one in Prince George, back in 2013.