Veterans unhappy with Affairs office closure compromise
Windsor veterans say keeping a Veterans Affairs agent at every Service Canada location isn't enough
Veterans are not impressed with a small compromise from the federal government when it comes to the closure of nine Veterans Affairs offices.
Ottawa still plans to close Windsor's Veterans Affairs office in two months.
But now, the government says it will staff each of the nine locations where offices are closing with one Veterans Affairs agent.
That includes Windsor.
Bernie Kelly is a past president of the Legion branch in Tecumseh.
"It's a burden they're putting on us to take care of the people that took care of the people who are down in Ottawa," said Bernie Kelly, a past president of the Legion branch in Tecumseh. "How many of them have wore the uniform? They're making the decisions on our behalf. How many of them understand our problems, what we have gone through? I'd like to have an answer from them on that."
This is the most recent statement on the closures from the Minister of Veterans Affairs, Julian Fantino.
“We [the Government of Canada] have also made improvements such as increasing the number of case managers in the regions where Veterans need them most, and opening and maintaining 17 operational stress injury clinics and 24 integrated personnel support centres near Canadian Armed Forces bases and in major city centres right across Canada. As well, we recently expanded the reach of Veterans Affairs Canada by partnering with Service Canada to offer assistance to Veterans at close to 600 points of service in every region across the country.”
A spokesperson for the Ministry contacted CBC Windsor by email to add the following: "The government delivers a number of personalized benefits such as home visits by a registered nurse or case-manager, in addition to grass cutting, snow clearing and home cleaning services."
Councils in Windsor and Essex County have passed motions protesting the closure of the office.