Saskatoon’s Veterans Affairs office has officially reopened, providing support to 2,900 veterans.
The downtown office was closed in December 2014 by the Conservative government, one of nine offices across the country to be closed. That forced 14 people out of a job and moved case files to other offices.
Major Kathleen McBurney, Commanding Officer of the Canadian Forces Ammunitions Depot Dundurn, says the centres are key to providing services for veterans, and talking face to face is better than conversing over the phone.
Associate Deputy Minister of Veterans Affairs Canada Karen Ellis says veterans need to know that the country is there for them when their service is complete and they are adjusting to their new normal.
Seven staff in the office will provide transitional support, mental health and disability services for veterans.
Saskatoon’s office is the fifth of nine Veterans Affairs offices across the country to be reopened.