By now the Vets Ombudsman has said his peace in a news conference in Ottawa. I am not aware yet what he had to say. We do know he was very upset with the new Veterans Charter. The Conservative Harper government has decided the best way to deal with returning soldiers, suffering from injury is to provide them with a lump sum payment. That payment has various levels of payment, the max being $267,000.
After acceptance, the government washes its hands. No Veteran issues ever again. Too bad if you are your family used the money to do something other than invest it in order to look after yourself for the the next 50 years.
The truth is becoming more evident every day. Soldiers who have stood almost lock stock and barrel with the Conservative party through the years are being hung further out to dry. Just as in the USA in the Bush government with scandal after scandal breaking on the treatment of returning vets from Iraq and Afghanistan, Harper follows the same path.
The Charter for Veterans, turns out to be a lump sum payment out of town...
See Ottawa Citizen story below: DOES THE LUMP SUM PAYMENT CONTAINED IN THE NEW VETERANS CHARTER SCREW DISABLED/INJURED CANADIAN SOLDIERS?
h/t to Rick Mercer on twitter