Veterans protesting office closures share their stories

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“I feel abandoned, let down. The government of Stephen Harper feels that we’re all just going to go away and eventually die.”

Veteran Ernie MacKinnon joined the chorus of veterans and their supporters protesting the closure of eight Veterans Affairs offices across the country on Friday.

Offices are slated to shut down in Kelowna, B.C.; Saskatoon, Sask.; Brandon, Man.; Thunder Bay and Windsor, Ont.; Sydney, N.S.; Charlottetown, PEI; and Corner Brook, N.L. A ninth office has already closed in Prince George, B.C.

Hundreds gathered outside the soon-to-be shuttered offices, wearing black, describing the day as one of mourning. Many are calling the closures a betrayal to the men and women – young and old – who served their country.

Crowd in front of the veterans affairs office— Natasha Pace (@NatashaPace) January 31, 2014

The government is closing the offices as they move more services online and to Service Canada outlets.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino said this week that the move will increase the points of service for veterans.

“All veterans requiring personal support will continue to be visited by their case managers at their home, and as well we have some …read more

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Veterans protesting office closures share their stories