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Veterans Ombudsman's report expected to be scathing

10/01/2013 09:51 EDT | Updated 12/01/2013 05:12 EST
A report by the Veterans Ombudsman that will be be released today is expected to show major deficiencies still exist with the Conservative government's new veterans charter.

CBCNews will carry the ombudsman's news conference at 10 a.m. ET.

Guy Parent's office did a detailed actuarial analysis that found, according to media reports, that some of the most disabled veterans could live out their old age in near-poverty under the new charter.

In anticipation of Tuesday's report release, Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino, announced the federal government will review the charter. It was a clear about-face as the government had said the legislation would not be looked at again until 2016.

The new veterans charter was unanimously implemented by Parliament in 2006. It has been a lightning rod for ex-soldiers, who have seen the decades-old pension for life system replaced with a workers' compensation-style approach of lump-sum awards and allowances.

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