Veterans Affairs Office on Pace for May Opening
Prince George, B.C. – It was announced to great fanfare last August and it’s still on track to happen later this spring.
The Veterans Affairs Office – closed in 2012 by the then Conservative government – will reopen this May on the fourth floor of the HSBC building at 299 Victoria Street.
“As far as I know it’s still on track,” says John Scott, service officer for the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 43 in Prince George. “I have no date yet and I assume there will be an announcement soon. I know there has been rumours that it’s not going to be there but I checked that out and was assured that it would be opening in May in the HSBC building exactly where they said.”
He says construction work has already begun in the office which will employ five people and service an estimated 1,200 veterans.
According to the federal government those five employees will answer questions about services and benefits, arrange pension medical examinations and assist veterans in completing and submitting applications and receipts. Case-managed veterans will also be able to meet their case manager.
Scott says he’s “very excited” the opening is near. “We’ve been hosting veterans at the legion on a quarterly basis and Veterans Affairs have been doing a good job of that but it’s always better when they can walk in or make an appointment and go down to the office and talk to somebody face to face anytime of the year.”
He says Veterans Affairs next visit is scheduled for April 10 at the Legion. To make an appointment you can call Scott at 250-962-4684 or the Legion at 250-562-1292.
The Prince George office opening is one of nine across the country at a cost of $78 million over the next five years.