Honour House provides respite for recovering emergency responders

By Chad Klassen
June 13, 2016 - 5:02pm Updated: June 13, 2016 - 6:19pm

KAMLOOPS — It's a home away from home. The Honour House is a place where emergency first responders and military members can stay when they or their family are receiving medical treatment and need a place to stay. 

On Monday, the Tour of Honour landed in Kamloops at the North Shore Community Policing station, bringing awareness to the Honour House in New Westminster that is home to emergency personnel recovering from on-the-job injuries, including PTSD.

"When you look at the cost of a hotel down in Vancouver, it can be up to $200 or $300 a night. That can be an exorbitant amount of money the individuals would have to put out," says Honour House Society member Corey Viala, a paramedic who's helping to drive the tour bus from Kamloops to Nelson, where he lives. 

"Honour House does all this for a free service for these people. There's no cost to them. All they have to do is a simple application and they'll be welcomed into the house."

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