Veterans Affairs Office to Reopen May 25
Prince George, B.C. – It’s a day local veterans have been waiting years for and now it’s just days away.
The City of Prince George’s Veterans Affairs Office will reopen May 25 after being closed by Stephen Harper’s Conservative government back in 2012 (along with eight other offices across Canada).
“It does feel nice,” says John Scott, service officer for the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 43 in Prince George and long-time advocate for having the office reopened. “It’s the final step in a long journey we’ve had to get that office back open.”
He figures the office will make a big difference to the roughly 1,200 veterans living in northern B.C.
“It’s great. There will be five people working in the office so there should be lots of opportunities for them to speak directly to a Veterans Affairs case worker.”
The office will be located at the corner of Third Avenue and Victoria Street in the HSBC building.
Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr announced the office would be reopened this spring during a visit to Prince George last summer.