191 Great George Street location will serve approximately 2,100 Veterans
CHARLOTTETOWN, Dec. 12, 2016 /CNW/ - Veterans, their families and local officials today joined the Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, for the reopening of the Veterans Affairs Canada office in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
The office is located at the Jean Canfield Building, 1st floor, 191 Great George Street, Charlottetown, PE. The Charlottetown office will employ approximately seven staff who will serve approximately 2,100 Veterans in the area. Staff at the 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.
During the summer months, Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr visited the Charlottetown office. The Charlottetown office is the sixth of nine Veterans Affairs offices to be reopened across the country by May 2017.
"I am extremely proud to be reopening doors that were previously closed to Veterans and their families here in Charlottetown. Veterans 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 Charlottetown 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.
- Offices were reopened in Corner Brook, NL on July 5, 2016; Brandon, MB on October 21, 2016; Sydney, NS on October 31; Kelowna, BC on November 1, 2016; and Saskatoon, SK on November 30, 2016. Offices will also reopen in Thunder Bay, ON in January 2017; and in Windsor, ON, and Prince George, BC in May 2017. A tenth office will open in Surrey, BC in May 2017.
- Veterans Affairs Canada is 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 of an average of 25 Veterans.
- The Bureau of Pensions Advocates will be co-located with the Charlottetown Office. Staff will be able to provide free legal advice and representation for clients who may wish to challenge a decision regarding their disability benefits application.
SOURCE Veterans Affairs Canada
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