Injured veterans forced to wait longer than before for financial aid qualification
As Remembrance Day approaches, there is word injured Canadian Forces veterans are being forced to wait longer than in years past to find out whether they qualify for financial aid.
The revelation, contained in internal Veterans Affairs Canada reports, comes not only with Nov. 11 less than a week away, but amid growing frustration from many injured ex-soldiers at the midway point of the Trudeau government's mandate.
It also represents a potential stumbling block as the government moves to implement its new strategy to combat suicide and improve mental health among Canada's military members and veterans.
Reports, obtained by The Canadian Press through the Access to Information Act, do show the government has made progress in hiring more case workers for injured veterans, as was promised during the last election.
But the time it takes to process applications for disability benefits and other financial aid has shot up under the Liberals.
A spokesman for Veterans Affairs says they are regularly examining the entire disability application process from intake to decisions to expedite decisions and respond to veterans' needs more quickly.