This was an excerpt originally posted online at Peace Arch News.
Kent Hehr — minister of veterans affairs and associate minister of national defence — opened the third-floor office, at Suite 350, 13479-108 Ave., on Wednesday.
Office staff will answer veterans’ questions about services and benefits, arrange pension medical examinations and help veterans with applications and receipts.
‘Today, in Surrey, we are making a truly significant accomplishment that will have long-term and far-reaching benefits for veterans and their families across Canada,” Hehr said. “The Government of Canada has not only re-opened the offices previously closed, but we went even further by opening an office in Surrey and expanding outreach in northern communities.”
Re-opening nine Veterans Affairs offices that were closed under Stephen Harper’s government is a “top priority,” a federal government document states, adding that since April more than 420 new front line staffers have been hired to help veterans, members of the Canadian Armed Forces, and RCMP.