VICTORIA – A group of Canadian veterans and advocates will gather in Victoria on August 25th, to demand that federal election candidates re-open Veterans Affairs offices and restore funding to important veterans’ services.
Veterans say they feel abandoned by the Conservative government since it closed nine Veterans Affairs offices across Canada in 2013 and 2014. This spring, the Public Service Alliance of Canada released a series of video testimonials documenting the impact of the office closures on the lives of veterans with complex medical needs.
Robyn Young is 24 years old and served in the Royal Canadian Navy for eight years, until a brain tumour and an unnecessary surgery left her with permanent double vision, constant vertigo and nausea. She and her mother Pearl Osmond – also a veteran – recorded testimonials about how the closure of the Windsor office meant they had to drive six hours’ return to London. They have since re-located to Victoria, where they are close to a Veterans Affairs office.
Robyn and Pearl will join Carl Gannon, the President of the Union of Veterans Affairs Employees and Bob Jackson, Regional Executive Vice-President of PSAC-BC at a press conference on Tuesday, August 25th in Victoria. Their goal is to press for a moratorium on cuts to Veterans Affairs and the re-opening of the nine offices.
For more information on PSAC’s Vote to Stop the Cuts campaign, visit votetostopthecuts.ca
To book media interviews: Patrick Bragg, 1-778-889-3486 or BraggP@psac-afpc.com