Ottawa facing questions about plans to meet targets for helping veterans

The federal government is facing fresh questions about how it plans to meet its existing targets for helping veterans.

This comes after the feds backed off a controversial plan to give bureaucrats more time to respond to disabled veterans seeking benefits and support for their service-related injuries.

The proposal was met with criticism that the department just wanted to move its own goalposts.

Scott Maxwell, executive director of Wounded Warriors Canada, says wait times continues to be an issue, and he wonders how Ottawa plans to address the backlog after years of poor performance.

Virginia Vaillancourt, national president of the Union of Veterans' Affairs Employees, says the only solution is investing more resources into the department, including hiring more staff.