Veterans ombudsman calls for rewriting of veterans charter
Today, the Veterans Ombudsman warned that there isn't enough financial support to help aging veterans maintain an adequate standard of living. That's one of the deficiencies highlighted in Guy Parent's analysis of the federal government's New Veterans Charter. Parent also points out that vocational rehabilitation programs for wounded vets under 65 are lacking, and families who care for wounded soldiers face too many hardships.
The New Veteran's Charter came into effect in 2006. Under the Charter many injured and disabled soldiers transitioning to civilian life receive a one-time lump sum and other benefits. (Prior to the charter they received a life-long pension.) Last week in anticipation of the ombudsman's report, Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino, announced the government would review the charter in a House of Commons committee this year. Ombudsman Guy Parent joined us in studio with more on changes he'd like to see.