December 3, 2015 7:40 am
Updated: December 3, 2015 11:18 am

Saskatoon’s Veterans Affairs office may re-open

Watch above: Saskatoon’s Veterans Affairs office may re-open after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to do so during his successful election campaign. As Joel Senick reports, it can't come soon enought for one veteran.

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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.”

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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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