Veterans Affairs Office Celebrates Reopening
Prince George, B.C. – It’s the day local veterans have been waiting for for close to five years.
The federal government officially reopened the Veterans Affairs Office in Prince George after the previous Conservative government closed it and eight others across the country in 2012.
“This office will serve approximately 1,300 veterans and be supported by our employees (five) who will be dedicated to supporting them,” said General Retired Walter Natynczyk, Deputy Minister of Veterans Affairs.
“Providing services, answering questions with respect to benefits, helping to complete applications and helping to complete medical examinations. It’s also a place where veterans will be able to come and meet with case managers and veterans service agents on a one-to-one basis.”
“It like reality is actually happening,” added John Scott, VP of Yukon/BC Command for the Royal Canadian Legion. It’s a wonderful feeling.
“When it first closed, I was so upset and so depressed about the whole thing and of course worked to get it open and I wasn’t alone. There was a lot of people working with me and helped me out. It’s just a great thing to see happen.
He said reopening the office will make a big difference to veterans across the region.
“It means they have somewhere to go and to personally talk to them about their problems and walk away feeling yes, I talked to somebody and they’re going to do something for me.”
Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr was in Prince George last August to announce the office reopening which is located on the fourth floor of the HSBC building at the corner of Victoria Street and Third Avenue.