Veterans' advocates will be 'pleasantly surprised' with proposals: Vice-chair

Veteran Affairs critic MP Peter Stoffer. Perry Mah/Edmonton Sun/ QMI Agency

Veteran Affairs critic MP Peter Stoffer. Perry Mah/Edmonton Sun/ QMI Agency

Giuseppe Valiante, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 12:06 AM ET

OTTAWA - The Veterans Affairs parliamentary committee will recommend an increase in services for family members - including children - of injured veterans, a committee member hinted.

The highly anticipated review is out Tuesday and vice-chair Peter Stoffer told QMI Agency that despite being an opposition member of the committee, he is "very happy" with the final report.

Stoffer said the recommendations regarding support for veterans' families will make veterans' advocates "pleasantly surprised."

The Veterans Affairs department has been criticized in recent weeks and months for being mismanaged, difficult to access and failing to provide enough support to help family members cope with caring for disabled veterans.

In response to the criticism, Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino asked Parliament to review the Veterans Charter, which hasn't been amended since 2011.

 

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