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Office in Thunder Bay to reopen January 2017

Post by Guest on Thu 11 Aug 2016, 11:11

Veterans Affairs Canada office in Thunder Bay to reopen January 2017.

Aug. 11, 2016

Government of Canada committed to doing more for Veterans

THUNDER BAY, ON, Aug. 11, 2016 /CNW/ - The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, joined Veterans and their families in Thunder Bay, Ontario, today to announce that the previously closed Veterans Affairs Canada office will reopen in January 2017.

The new Thunder Bay office will be located at 1st floor, 130 Syndicate Ave. South, Thunder Bay, ON, and once opened, will employ approximately eight staff who will serve approximately 1700 Veterans. Staff at the Thunder Bay office will answer questions about VAC services and benefits; arrange pension medical examinations; and, assist Veterans to complete and submit applications and receipts. Case-managed Veterans will also be able to meet with their case manager.

The Department is continuing to hire up to 400 new employees to help ensure that Veterans, Canadian Armed Forces members, RCMP personnel, and their families are provided with the best possible services when and where they need them. Hiring new employees will permit the Department to reduce case managers' caseloads to a maximum of 25 Veterans.

As part of today's announcement, Minister Hehr reaffirmed the Government of Canada's commitment to do more for Veterans. Budget 2016 committed $5.6 billion to improve Veterans' benefits and services, including increased payments under the Disability Award and the Earnings Loss Benefit, and expanded access to the Permanent Impairment Allowance. Veterans Affairs Canada has also expanded its Commemorative Partnership Program to allow funding for the building of new war memorials, and increased the survivor estate cash exemption under the Funeral and Burial Program.

"I am extremely proud to be reopening doors that were previously closed to Veterans and their families here in Thunder Bay. They have selflessly answered the call to serve our country, and now we are answering their call by enhancing financial benefits, restoring and expanding access to critical services, expanding service in British Columbia and the territories, and hiring more frontline staff. This was part of our commitment to Canadians, and we stand by this promise."
The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence

Reopening the nine Veterans Affairs offices that closed is a top priority in the Minister of Veterans Affairs' mandate letter.
The office in Thunder Bay will reopen January 2017 at 1st floor, 130 Syndicate Ave. South, Thunder Bay, ON.
Until the Thunder Bay office is opened, Veterans and other clients can receive in-person services at the Service Canada location at 975 Alloy Drive, Thunder Bay, ON.
The Veterans Affairs Office in Corner Brook reopened to Veterans on July 5, 2016.
By May 2017, offices will reopen in Charlottetown, PE; Sydney, NS; Windsor and Thunder Bay, ON; Saskatoon, SK; Brandon, MB; and, Prince George and Kelowna, BC. A tenth office will open in Surrey, BC, and outreach will be expanded to Veterans in the territories.
As of May 2016, more than 250 new frontline employees have been hired.

http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/veterans-affairs-canada-office-in-thunder-bay-to-reopen-january-2017-589849891.html

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Veterans Affairs Canada office in Saskatoon to reopen November 2016

Post by Guest on Wed 10 Aug 2016, 12:47

Veterans Affairs Canada office in Saskatoon to reopen November 2016.

Government of Canada committed to doing more for Veterans

August 10, 2016 — Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, joined Veterans and their families in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, today to announce that the previously closed Veterans Affairs Canada office will reopen in November 2016.

The new Saskatoon office will be located at 5th floor, 101-22nd St. East, Saskatoon, SK, and once opened, will employ approximately seven staff who will serve approximately 2900 Veterans. Staff at the Saskatoon office will answer questions about VAC services and benefits; arrange pension medical examinations; and assist Veterans to complete and submit applications and receipts. Case-managed Veterans will also be able to meet with their case manager.

The Department is continuing to hire up to 400 new employees to help ensure that Veterans, Canadian Armed Forces members, RCMP personnel, and their families are provided with the best possible services when and where they need them. Hiring new employees will permit the Department to reduce case managers’ caseloads to a maximum of 25 Veterans.

As part of today’s announcement, Minister Hehr reaffirmed the Government of Canada’s commitment to do more for Veterans. Budget 2016 committed $5.6 billion to improve Veterans’ benefits and services, including increased payments under the Disability Award and the Earnings Loss Benefit, and expanded access to the Permanent Impairment Allowance. Veterans Affairs Canada has also expanded its Commemorative Partnership Program to allow funding for the building of new war memorials, and increased the survivor estate cash exemption under the Funeral and Burial Program.

“I am extremely proud to be reopening doors that were previously closed to Veterans and their families here in Saskatoon. They have selflessly answered the call to serve our country, and now we are answering their call by enhancing financial benefits, restoring and expanding access to critical services, expanding service in British Columbia and the territories, and hiring more frontline staff. This was part of our commitment to Canadians, and we stand by this promise.”

The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence.

http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1109329

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Re: Opening VAC offices

Post by Guest on Tue 09 Aug 2016, 17:42

yup there is a time for reason patience understanding and logic . that I can do well enough anyway I think .

every now and then their is a time for anger and frustration .

great words rifleman .

ahhh anger me thinks above all its you I understand the most .

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Re: Opening VAC offices

Post by Rifleman on Tue 09 Aug 2016, 16:55

Open all the the offices you want and yes don't get me wrong but why don't you give back what was stolen from us you fracking no good for nothing two faced fracking MORONS it's called the life long pensions and stop playing your fracking games because the more you play these games the more lives we loose . Another good friend and Comrad gone (RIP FRIEND AND FELLOW ROYAL)


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Veterans Affairs Canada office in Brandon to reopen October 2016

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Veterans Affairs Canada office in Brandon to reopen October 2016.

August 9, 2016

Government of Canada committed to doing more for Veterans

August 9, 2016 — Brandon (Manitoba)

The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, joined Veterans and their families in Brandon, Manitoba, today to announce that the previously closed Veterans Affairs Canada office will reopen in October 2016.

The new Brandon office will be located at 1st floor, 1039 Princess Avenue, Brandon (MB), and once opened, will employ approximately nine staff who will serve approximately 2400 Veterans. Staff at the Brandon office will answer questions about VAC services and benefits; arrange pension medical examinations; and, assist Veterans to complete and submit applications and receipts. Case-managed Veterans will also be able to meet with their case manager.

The Department is continuing to hire up to 400 new employees to help ensure that Veterans, Canadian Armed Forces members, RCMP personnel, and their families are provided with the best possible services when and where they need them. Hiring new employees will permit the Department to reduce case managers’ caseloads to a maximum of 25 Veterans.

As part of today’s announcement, Minister Hehr reaffirmed the Government of Canada’s commitment to do more for Veterans. Budget 2016 committed $5.6 billion to improve Veterans’ benefits and services, including increased payments under the Disability Award and the Earnings Loss Benefit, and expanded access to the Permanent Impairment Allowance. Veterans Affairs Canada has also expanded its Commemorative Partnership Program to allow funding for the building of new war memorials, and increased the survivor estate cash exemption under the Funeral and Burial Program.

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“I am extremely proud to be reopening doors that were previously closed to Veterans and their families here in Brandon. They have selflessly answered the call to serve our country, and now we are answering their call by enhancing financial benefits, restoring and expanding access to critical services, expanding service in British Columbia and the territories, and hiring more frontline staff. This was part of our commitment to Canadians, and we stand by this promise.”

The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence.

http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1109079

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Veterans Affairs Canada office in Charlottetown to reopen November, 2016

Post by Guest on Thu 28 Jul 2016, 10:44

Veterans Affairs Canada office in Charlottetown to reopen November, 2016.

Government of Canada committed to doing more for Veterans

July 28, 2016 — Charlottetown, PE

The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, joined Veterans and their families in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, today to announce that the previously closed Veterans Affairs Canada office will reopen in November, 2016.

The new Charlottetown office will be located at 1st floor, 191 Great George Street, Charlottetown, PE, and once opened, will employ approximately 10 staff who will serve approximately 2,000 Veterans. Staff at the Charlottetown office will answer questions about VAC services and benefits; arrange pension medical examinations; and, assist Veterans to complete and submit applications and receipts. Case-managed Veterans will also be able to meet with their case manager.

The Department is continuing to hire up to 400 new employees to help ensure that Veterans, Canadian Armed Forces members, RCMP personnel, and their families are provided with the best possible services when and where they need them. Hiring new employees will permit the Department to reduce case managers’ caseloads to a maximum of 25 Veterans.

As part of today’s announcement, Minister Hehr reaffirmed the Government of Canada’s commitment to do more for Veterans. Budget 2016 committed $5.6 billion to improve Veterans’ benefits and services, including increased payments under the Disability Award and the Earnings Loss Benefit, and expanded access to the Permanent Impairment Allowance. Veterans Affairs Canada has also expanded its Commemorative Partnership Program to allow funding the building of new war memorials, and increased the survivor estate cash exemption under the Funeral and Burial Program.

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“I am extremely proud to be reopening doors that were previously closed to Veterans and their families here in Charlottetown. They selflessly answered the call to serve our country, and now we are answering their call by enhancing financial benefits, restoring and expanding access to critical services, and hiring more frontline staff. This was part of our commitment to Canadians, and we stand by this promise.”

The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence.

http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1105099

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'The war is over'

Post by Guest on Wed 27 Jul 2016, 13:46

Veterans Affairs offices could re-open 'within the next year'.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 12:57PM ADT

'The war is over': Veterans Affairs office to reopen in Sydney this fall.

Cape Breton veterans say they have won both the battle and the war after the federal government announced new details about the reopening of the Veterans Affairs office in Sydney Wednesday morning.
A number of veterans were hand for the announcement, made by Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr.
The new Veterans Affairs office will open in November 2016 in the former courthouse overlooking Sydney’s Wentworth Park.

The Sydney office one in Charlottetown are among nine offices that are reopening after being closed by the previous Conservative government in 2014.
Veterans say the reopening of the shuttered Veterans Affairs offices is vindication and proof that the thousands who protested the closures actually made a difference.
“The battle was when he closed the offices. That’s when the fight really started,” said veteran Ron Clarke. “But now that this new government is opening the offices, then that’s the war. The war is over. We won.”
“They didn’t take veterans’ issues seriously,” said Hehr. “You look at their record and it was one of closing offices, reducing staff, not treating veterans with care, compassion and respect. Our government has vowed to do better.”
Fifteen case workers will be hired full-time to staff the office, which officials say will be more spacious than the previous location on George Street. They also say it will be more open and accessible to what the government calls a younger, more modern veteran.
The federal government says all nine Veterans Affairs offices will be reopened by the spring of 2017.

http://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/the-war-is-over-veterans-affairs-office-to-reopen-in-sydney-this-fall-1.3004398


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Veterans Affairs Canada office in Sydney to reopen November 2016

Post by Guest on Wed 27 Jul 2016, 09:52

Veterans Affairs Canada office in Sydney to reopen November 2016.

July 27, 2016 – Sydney, NS

The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, joined Veterans and their families in Sydney, Nova Scotia, today to announce that the previously closed Veterans Affairs Canada office will reopen in November 2016.

The new Sydney office will be located at 1st floor, 70 Crescent Street, Sydney NS, and once opened, will employ approximately 15 staff who will serve approximately 2,200 Veterans. Staff at the Sydney office will answer questions about VAC services and benefits; arrange pension medical examinations; and, assist Veterans to complete and submit applications and receipts. Case-managed Veterans will also be able to meet with their case manager.

The Department is continuing to hire up to 400 new employees to help ensure that Veterans, Canadian Armed Forces members, RCMP personnel, and their families are provided with the best possible services when and where they need them. Hiring new employees will permit the Department to reduce case managers’ caseloads to a maximum of 25 Veterans.

As part of today's announcement, Minister Hehr reaffirmed the Government of Canada's commitment to do more for Veterans. Budget 2016 committed $5.6 billion to improve Veterans' benefits and services, including increased payments under the Disability Award and the Earnings Loss Benefit, and expanded access to the Permanent Impairment Allowance. Veterans Affairs Canada has also expanded its Commemorative Partnership Program to allow funding the building of new war memorials, and increased the survivor estate cash exemption under the Funeral and Burial Program.

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"I am extremely proud to be reopening doors that were previously closed to Veterans and their families here in Sydney. They have selflessly answered the call to serve our country, and now we are answering their call by enhancing financial benefits, restoring and expanding access to critical services, expanding service in British Columbia and the territories, and hiring more frontline staff. This was part of our commitment to Canadians, and we stand by this promise."

The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence
Quick facts
Reopening the nine Veterans Affairs offices that closed is a top priority in the Minister of Veterans Affairs' mandate letter.
The office in Sydney will reopen November 2016 at 1st floor, 70 Crescent Street, Sydney, NS.
Until the Sydney office is opened, Veterans and other clients can receive in-person services at the Service Canada location at 15 Dorchester Street.
The Veterans Affairs Office in Corner Brook reopened to Veterans on July 5, 2016.
By May 2017, offices will reopen in Charlottetown, PE; Sydney, NS; Windsor and Thunder Bay, ON; Saskatoon, SK; Brandon, MB; and, Prince George and Kelowna, BC. A tenth office will open in Surrey, BC, and outreach will be expanded to Veterans in the territories.
As of May 2016, more than 250 new frontline employees have been hired.

http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1104779

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Veterans pleased local office will open once again

Post by Guest on Thu 14 Jul 2016, 06:16

Veterans pleased local office will open once again.

Two years ago, Paul Davis was on the frontline in the fight to keep Veterans Affairs offices across the country from closing.

When efforts failed, the veteran United Nations Peacekeeper — one of a dedicated group of people — wasn’t prepared to just give up.

So, Tuesday morning, he was ecstatic to see the Corner Brook office reopen.

Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr was at the J.R. Smallwood Building to officially reopen the office, one of nine across the country that will resume service between now and May 2017.

“It will make a lot of people very, very happy now that they know that they can come in and have someone talk to them and hopefully get things fixed up before you’ve got to go up-along to get things done,” said Davis.

He’s talked to a lot of veterans in the region who were clients of the office before it closed.

“You get familiar with the people that are here and that’s very important. (You can) talk better and let them know exactly how you feel, but when it’s a stranger and telephones, nobody likes that.

“ … It’s not the same thing.”

Navigating the system left behind when the office closed — often including phone service with caseworkers outside the province — was so difficult that Denis Parizeau said many just gave up.

“The face-to-face is so important, to the older generation especially,” said Parizeau, president of Branch 13 of the Royal Canadian Legion in Corner Brook.

Completing online forms and applications became a big part of dealing with the department.

“Just imagine a senior citizen with limited knowledge of the Internet trying to get help. It’s impossible,” said Parizeau. “They do give up and walk away and they just don’t bother no more.”

Not only was it hard to navigate the system, Parizeau said the time it took to get help also increased.

“The system has slowed down tremendously compared to the service we got before.”

He spoke of one case where an answer should have come in 16 weeks, but 32 weeks later the veteran is still waiting.

“It’s a nice breath of fresh air to see that we have a new office again and we have counsellors in place and we can make appointments, so those waiting periods should be shortened somewhat.”

Parizeau said an issue among today’s veterans — those from Afghanistan, Bosnia and the Persian Gulf — is fitting back into society.

“We need to spread our wings,” he said of the things that need to be done to help those veterans.

Davis agrees, as the biggest problem among these veterans involves mental health issues and the lack of supports for them with a limited number of psychiatrists.

“We need easier access to these people,” said Davis. “The people with PTSD can’t take a waiting time.”

Pensions and DVA wards for veterans requiring long-term care are other issues that still need work and Davis said he’d be there to continue the fight.

Number of veterans served by the Corner Brook office — 950

Number of new employees to be hired nationwide — 400

Offices that will be reopened:

Corner Brook

Charlottetown, P.E.I.

Sydney, N.S.;

Windsor, Ont.

Thunder Bay, Ont.

Saskatoon, Sask.

Brandon, Man.

Prince George, B.C.

Kelowna, B.C.

A 10th office will open in Surrey, B.C., and outreach will be expanded to veterans in the territories.

http://www.thewesternstar.com/News/Local/2016-07-06/article-4579200/Veterans-pleased-local-office-will-open-once-again/1

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Re: Opening VAC offices

Post by Newf on Tue 12 Jul 2016, 15:42

These offices should have never been closed in the first place. Glad to see all are being reopenned.
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Veterans' advocates, area MPs seek clarification on re-opening Veterans Affairs' office

Post by Guest on Tue 12 Jul 2016, 10:46

Veterans' advocates, area MPs seek clarification on re-opening Veterans Affairs' office.

July 12, 2016 8:35 AM EDT

Concerned over the slow pace surrounding the reopening of a local Veterans Affairs office, veterans’ advocates and the area’s three MPs are asking the government to provide a timeline.

Second World War vet Larry Costello and Afghanistan veteran Bruce Moncur, along with NDP MPs Tracey Ramsey, Brian Masse and Cheryl Hardcastle, made the request in a letter sent to Minister of Veterans Affairs Kent Hehr.

NDP Veterans’ Affairs critic Irene Mathyssen, MP for London-Fanshawe, was also part of a roundtable discussion of veterans’ issues Monday in Essex.

“We were there, ready to sacrifice our lives and my brother did, when the country needed us,” said the 91-year-old Costello, who served 25 years with the Royal Canadian Navy and was part of the Battle of the Atlantic and the D-Day invasion.

“Now we need Canada,” he said. “If they wait until 2017 or 2018 to open a local office, many of us won’t be alive.”

The Windsor Veterans Affairs Office was closed in 2014 forcing local veterans to go to London to access a full service office.

“It’s hard to get to London for older vets,” said Costello, who has visited a Veterans Affairs office on average two or three times annually.

“Veterans are proud and won’t ask for help until they need it. We need help now, not six months from now.”

Mathyssen said there are several hundred veterans in the Windsor area.

The Liberals pledged during the last federal election to re-open the nine offices closed around the country by the Conservative government. Last week’s re-opening of an office in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador is the only such opening to date.

“We have a responsibility to veterans we’re not following through on,” said Mathyssen, who pointed out Canada is replenishing its veterans’ ranks with its military participations around the globe.

“When you send people abroad, there’s a cost when they come home. You can’t leave them on their own.

“It’s about supporting veterans, having offices to access benefits and caseworkers.”

The Veterans Affairs’ website lists Windsor as getting an office in 2017.

However, some veterans groups are telling the MPs it could be 2018 before the Windsor office opens.

Veterans Affairs even advertised for office staff across the country last fall.

Costello said the importance of the offices to veterans is they are the gateway to accessing the system. Those staffing the offices have the expertise to direct veterans to the services they need.

Windsor-Tecumseh MP Cheryl Hardcastle said there’s no reason for the vagueness about the timelines. “We need clarity. That’s what we’re asking for in the letter.”

http://windsorstar.com/news/local-news/veterans-advocates-area-mps-seek-clarification-on-re-opening-veterans-affairs-office

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‘We have to be there to support them:’ Hehr

Post by Guest on Wed 06 Jul 2016, 05:51

‘We have to be there to support them:’ Hehr.

July 06, 2016

A new relationship with veterans, their families and the federal government is what Kent Hehr sees as the end goal in reopening Veterans Affairs offices across the country.

“(We want) to help them build their lives,” said Hehr, the minister of Veterans Affairs, after he officially reopened the first office in Corner Brook on Tuesday morning.

“From today forward, veterans and their families will once again receive in-person services from my department.”

The city office is one of nine the Liberal government plans to reopen between now and May 2017.

In his official speech to the room full of people, including more than two dozen veterans, Hehr spoke of the upset the office closures under the previous Conservative government caused and the protests that ensued.

When the offices closed, many veterans said they felt abandoned. To change that, Hehr said the Liberals would implement the platform commitments promised during the federal election campaign.

“To ensure we’re doing it with care, compassion, respect; understanding that the men and women who served in our Canadian Armed Forces who come to Veterans Affairs need help in transitioning, need help because of their sacrifice to this great nation.

“We’ve asked them to go do great things in very difficult places all across the world, so we have to be there to support them in their time of need.”

Hehr said he was given a strong mandate by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to deliver services for veterans in a better way.

Reopening the closed offices and restoring frontline staff are just two ways of doing so.

“How can you provide services if people don’t know where to go?” he asked. “So we need that exposure, we need the location, we need the frontline care support workers and the like to work with issues.

If people don’t have a place to go or a place to get help, well, our department is not much good. We need these offices to better support veterans.”

Along with the offices reopening, more case managers will be hired with each serving an average of 25 clients.

“It’s hard for a veteran with complex needs to feel that they are getting individual care and attention when their case manager has too many files,” said Hehr.

In his mandate to do better for Canada’s veterans, Hehr will also look at making improvements in the areas of financial security and independence, education and employment opportunities and mental health and physical well being.

http://www.thewesternstar.com/News/Local/2016-07-06/article-4579211/%26lsquo%3BWe-have-to-be-there-to-support-them%3A%26rsquo%3B-Hehr/1

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Veterans Affairs Canada Office Reopens in Corner Brook

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Veterans Affairs Canada Office Reopens in Corner Brook.

Nine additional offices to open by spring 2017

July 5, 2016 — Corner Brook, Newfoundland — Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans and their families joined the Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, today in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, to officially re-open the first of nine Veterans Affairs Offices to be opened across the country.

The office, located at 1 Regent Square in Corner Brook, is the first of nine offices that will re-open in Charlottetown, PE; Sydney, NS; Windsor and Thunder Bay, ON; Saskatoon, SK; Brandon, MB; and, Prince George and Kelowna, BC. A tenth office will open in Surrey, BC, and outreach will be expanded to Veterans in the territories.

In addition to re-opening the offices, the Department will continue towards hiring 400 new employees to help ensure that Veterans, Canadian Armed Forces members, RCMP personnel, and their families are provided with the best possible services in their own communities. This includes new staff to ensure case managers have a caseload maximum of 25 Veterans.

Quick Facts
Re-opening the nine Veterans Affairs offices that closed is a top priority in the Minister of Veterans Affairs’ mandate letter.
Corner Brook is the first office to re-open, while the remainder of the offices will open between now and May 2017.
As of May 2016, more than 250 new frontline employees have been hired.

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“Ensuring Veterans can access the best possible services as close to their homes as possible is a priority for our Government. This was part of our commitment to Canadians, and we stand by this promise—we are re-opening these nine offices and delivering on our commitments to treat Veterans with the care, compassion and respect they deserve.”

The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence

http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1094199

Veterans Affairs to re-open Sydney office this spring.

July 05, 2016

SYDNEY — Veterans Affairs has announced its plans to re-open nine of its shuttered offices this spring, including the Sydney office.

Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence is in Corner Brook, Newfoundland today to officially re-open the first of the nine offices.

Besides Sydney and Corner Brook, offices in Windsor and Thunder Bay, Ontario, Saskatoon, Brandon, Manitoba and Prince George and Kelowna in British Columbia will re-open by May 2017.

A tenth office will open in Surrey, BC, and outreach will be expanded to veterans in the territories, according to a release from Veterans Affairs Canada.

“Ensuring veterans can access the best possible services as close to their homes as possible is a priority for our government," said Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, in a press release.

"This was part of our commitment to Canadians, and we stand by this promise. We are re-opening these nine offices and delivering on our commitments to treat veterans with the care, compassion and respect they deserve.”

In addition to the offices, 400 new employees will be hired to provide services to veterans, Canadian Armed Forces members, RCMP personnel, and their families.

This includes new staff to ensure case managers have a caseload maximum of 25 veterans.

http://www.capebretonpost.com/News/Local/2016-07-05/article-4578640/Veterans-Affairs-to-reopen-Sydney-office-this-spring/1

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Opening VAC offices

Post by Guest on Thu 30 Jun 2016, 07:17

Opening VAC offices

June 30, 2016

Veterans Affairs Canada will open and staff offices in Charlottetown, Sydney, Corner Brook, Windsor, Thunder Bay, Saskatoon, Brandon, Prince George, Surrey and Kelowna by spring 2017.

Note: Corner Brook, NL to open July 5, 2016 - 9:00 AM NST (7:30 EST)


http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/contact/office-openings

Minister Hehr to re-open the Veterans Affairs Canada office in Corner Brook, Newfoundland

Corner Brook — The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, will officially re-open the Veterans Affairs Canada office in Corner Brook, Newfoundland.

Location:
Joseph R. Smallwood Building, 4th floor
1 Regent Square
Corner Brook, Newfoundland
Date:
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Time:
9:00 a.m. (NDT)

http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1092249


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