Injured veterans forced to wait months for support, disability benefits

Injured veterans forced to wait months for support, disability benefits

The federal government has been slammed in a watchdog’s new report for causing added frustration and stress to many injured veterans as they are forced to wait months longer than promised to find out if they qualify for disability benefits and other supports.

Veterans ombudsman Guy Parent’s scathing report follows a review of hundreds of applications for assistance by former service members.

Canadian veterans are told they can expect to find out within 16 weeks whether they are eligible for financial assistance and medical treatment for injuries related to their service. Parent’s review found that target was achieved when it came to applications by veterans from the Second World War and Korea, but roughly 70 per cent of applications from other veterans – including those who served in Afghanistan – experienced delays.

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