The federal government is closing the district office of Canada's Department of Veteran Affairs office in Windsor.

The axe came down on eight offices around the country, cutting 78 positions in total.

The office on University Avenue West is designed to help veterans with questions about their benefits.

Windsor West MP Brian Masse said the loss of jobs is a tough one for the city:

"And it's simply not fair for the people of Windsor and Essex county. When you have the government spending tens of millions of dollars in this area to advertise an economic plan, it doesn't make any sense to cut these jobs," Masse said. "It's going to cost more jobs at the end of the day."

The Union of Veterans Affairs Employees said the offices will close in February 2014.

The Ministry of Veterans Affairs said vets can still get service through other avenues.

"Thanks to our partnership with Service Canada, veterans now have 600 points of service where they had 60 before and home visits made by case managers, as well as nurses, will continue to be available whenever veterans need," Minister of Veterans Affairs Steven Blaney’s spokesperson Jean-Christophe de le Rue wrote in an email to CBC News.

Last fall, the Department of National Defence announced Windsor's military recruitment office will close this summer. The military family resource centre is also slated to close this spring.