Manitoba

Brandon Veterans Affairs office reopens following 2014 closure

Veterans in Brandon are again able to get answers about their benefits and other services close to home.

The office was among nine closed after cuts by the former Conservative federal government

MP Doug Eyolfson was on hand at the re-opening of the Brandon Veterans Affairs office on Friday. (Riley Laychuk/CBC)

Veterans in Brandon are again able to get answers about their benefits and other services close to home. 

The federal government officially reopened the western Manitoba city's Veterans Affairs Canada office in the Brandon Federal Building at 1039 Princess Avenue early Friday afternoon.

The office was one of nine that were closed in February 2014 as a result of cuts by the then-Conservative federal government. 

Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia-Headingley Member of Parliament Doug Eyolfson was in Brandon for the announcement and said the office will serve estimated 2,400 veterans. 

The next closest office was Shilo, Man., about 25 kilometres away, however Eyolfson said it proved hard for some veterans to get out of the city to the base. 

"There are so many veterans who have concluded their service and have settled in the Brandon area," he said. "A lot of them would have a lot of trouble getting out to Shilo so this provides nearby service for them."

Eyolfson said a transition team is currently working to get the office up to full staff and service. Nine staff members are expected to work at the Brandon office when it is at full service. 

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