November 29, 2013 - 2:16 PM
KELOWNA - The Veterans Affairs office in Kelowna set to close next February will now remain open with one client service agent to assist veterans.
The announcement came yesterday from the office of Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country Ron Cannan. Cannan says his office has been working with the Minister of Veterans Affairs, Julian Fantino to keep the service available in the city.
"By having an experienced Veterans Affairs staff member in the Service Canada building, Veterans who want to speak personally to a Veterans Affairs staff member will again have that opportunity," Cannan says.
Cannan also requested the sign for the service building be reinstated.
The announcement means personalized benefits such as home visits by a registered nurse or case-manager will be enhanced along with help with home maintenance including grass cutting, snow clearing and home cleaning services.
In addition, all other ongoing services and support will continue, including ongoing home visits for those Veterans who are seriously injured, the toll-free service offered through the National Veterans Contact Network and the range of payments provided to Veterans going through rehabilitation and transitioning into civilian life.
Veterans Affairs Canada has also increased the number of case workers in the regions where veterans need them most, and is opening and maintaining 17 Operational Stress Injury Clinics and 24 Integrated Personnel Support Centres near Canadian Forces Bases and in major city centres right across Canada.
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