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Department leaves veterans in ‘financial limbo,’ behind on half its targets

By Samantha Wright Allen      

Veterans Affairs missed 54 per cent of its targets last year, which opposition MPs called both 'breathtaking' and 'horrible.' More resources are needed, critics agreed, but the culture also has to change.

Veterans Affairs, led by Minister Seamus O'Regan, filed 54 per cent of its performance targets as requiring attention, according to its latest departmental performance report. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Canada's Veterans Affairs Department is behind on half of its performance targets, department results released last month reveal, which opposition MPs call unacceptable and a “horrible performance” built off systemic problems. Veterans Affairs missed 14 of 26 targets for the 2016-17 year, filing 54 per cent under “attention required,” leading to delayed decisions on veteran services like career training, long-term care, and disability support.  “The situations [veterans] face, they need service right away,” said NDP veterans affairs critic

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