We've since learned that the Conservative Party let $1.1 billion (with a 'B') lapse in veteran funding. Essentially, Veterans Affairs had $1.1 billion budgeted to spend on veterans' programs and the ministry did not spend it. Simply put - the demand for services was there, but for whatever reason, did not spend the money.
Now, Veterans Affairs is on the attack.
The Veterans Affairs department says some veterans are exaggerating their injuries to continue receiving financial benefits from the government and to avoid joining the work force. [Canada.com]So - veterans on waiting lists for months and years for programs, or - worse - denied programs are now told to get "off the dole" and get back to work.
Politicians eager to send Canadians into war zones should be fully prepared to support them when they come home.