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Thousands of veteransí graves in disrepair due to lack of funding:

Post by Loader on Mon 17 Jul 2017, 14:39

The National Military Cemetery in Ottawa is seen in this file photo from Nov. 2009. An audit by Veterans Affairs has found that thousands of veterans' graves are in a state of disrepair due to a lack of funding. †(Pawel Dwulit/CP) †

By The Canadian Press, Mon., July 17, 2017

OTTAWAóAn audit by Veterans Affairs has found tens of thousands of veteransí graves in cemeteries across the country are in a state of disrepair.

The culprit? A lack of federal funding.

Veterans Affairs is responsible for maintaining the graves of more than 200,000 veterans buried by the federal government in Canada.

But previous governments slashed the money available for such maintenance from $5 million per year in 2003 to $1.2 million today, which the departmentís audit says isnít nearly enough.

There are currently more than 45,000 graves in need of some type of repair, according to the audit, which will take 17 years to completely fix at current funding levels.

Veterans Affairs officials say they are looking at ways to be more efficient with the funding they do have, but donít plan to ask the government for more money until next year at the earliest.
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