Feds slammed for making injured veterans wait months to get support

Canada's veterans ombudsman is slamming the federal government for making injured veterans wait months longer than promised to find out if they qualify for disability benefits and medical support.

Veterans have long been 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.

But ombudsman Guy Parent says the majority are being forced to wait much longer -- in some cases up to a year -- before Veterans Affairs Canada gives the green light to access services and benefits.

A review of hundreds of files uncovered that francophone and women veterans face especially long delays.

Parent is also concerned that veterans are largely being kept in the dark about the status of their applications.

The overall result is frustration and increased stress, as many veterans struggle to access and pay for medical treatment and other services to help with their injuries.