On Tuesday, we spoke to Canada's Veterans' Ombudsman, Guy Parent. He had issued a report that recommended changes to the Harper Government's Veterans' Charter. He said that while all veterans had gained from the document, some injured soldiers were not being served well. In fact, in some cases the Charter is causing poverty and hardship. Here is that interview:
Yesterday, we spoke to 32-year-old Corporal Dan Boudreault, who described his plight. He was injured in Afghanistan and can't work. Now, he says he has little hope of retraining, of finding a new job, or of receiving a pension. He expects the charter's provisions on injury compensation to leave him -- and his family -- destitute.
And after speaking to Cpl. Dan Boudrealt, we called Col. Pat Stogran, who was relieved of his duties as Veterans' Ombudsman three years ago, shortly after complaining that the charter was actually making the lives of injured veterans worse. Three years on, Col. Stogran says veterans are "humble to a fault" and are being "cheated blindly". He also says the new ombudsman already has ample evidence the charter isn't helping veterans. Here's that interview: