Saskatoon’s Veterans Affairs office may re-open
SASKATOON – Saskatoon’s Veterans Affairs office may re-open within a year, according to its new federal minister. The move comes after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to re-open a number of offices during the campaign.
“Veteran affairs issues really fits in that area of a campaign promise that you cannot, not deliver on,” said Greg Poelzer, a University of Saskatchewan political studies professor.
“You have to deliver on this one.”
The Saskatoon Veterans Affairs office closed in January 2014. At the time, officials said they hoped to consolidate services.
“It’s been just frustrating to deal with somebody over a call centre, to try to get effective treatment,” said military veteran Cary Tarasoff, who protested the closure.
“Having somebody nearby has been a godsend in the years past.”
Tarasoff said he was injured while training during his time of service. He added that he’s most thankful that local combat veterans will soon have a place to go to.
“That they commit to trying to do something is better than pretending that it doesn’t need to be done,” said Tarasoff, about the Liberal government.
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