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NDP's Stoffer calls for federal action to help homeless veterans

NDP MP Peter Stoffer speaks from his office is shown in Fall River, N.S. on Sept. 20, 2010.


The NDP's veterans affairs critic is calling on the federal government to establish a transition centre in Halifax to help homeless veterans.

Peter Stoffer, a Nova Scotia MP, told a Halifax news conference that he is alarmed by the growing number of veterans living on the streets across Canada.

He says it's been more than two years since Col. Pat Stogran, a former veterans ombudsman, identified homelessness among veterans as a serious concern.

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Mr. Stoffer says the Veterans Affairs Department has committed to addressing the problem, but veterans and their loved ones are still waiting for action.

The MP was joined by members of the non-profit group Veterans Emergency Transition Services and several veterans.

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