December 1, 2016 10:12 am

Veteran Affairs Canada Saskatoon office reopens

Wednesday marked the official re-opening of the Veterans Affairs Canada office in downtown Saskatoon.

Devin Sauer / Global News

Wednesday marked the official reopening of the Veterans Affairs Canada office on the fifth floor of the Canada Building in downtown Saskatoon.

Approximately 2,900 area veterans will receive assistance with everything from benefits to paperwork from seven staff members.

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Veterans will also be able to meet with their case manager face-to-face.

“These centres provide a location for people to go, find out about these services and what’s available to them,” Maj. Kathleen Mcburney, the commanding officer at Canadian Forces Ammunition Depot Dundurn, said.

“I come from a long line of people who have served in the military, my uncle and father are both retired members and for a long time there were a lot of benefits and stuff that were out there that people didn’t know about and it’s not just something you can look up on the internet.”

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In 2014, Veterans Affairs offices were shut down across Canada as a cost-savings measure under the former Conservative government.

Meaghan Craig contributed to this story

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