Wounded soldiers hoped to remain bright examples in post-war period

10:15 | 26/07/2019 Society

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc expressed his hope that war invalids will remain bright examples in moving forwards while meeting with 500 outstanding heavily wounded war veterans in Hanoi on July 25.

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc presents certificates of merit to outstanding heavily wounded war veterans - Photo: VGP

The 500 veterans at the event, which celebrated the 72nd War Invalids and Martyrs’ Day (July 27), represented 1.2 million war invalids, including more than 12,000 with serious injuries, across Vietnam. They lost at least 81% of their work capability due to war wounds, and most of them now in their 70s or 80s.

All of the invalids have made exceptional efforts to overcome difficulties to support their families and continue contributing to the society, becoming bright examples in their communities.

Addressing the event, PM Phuc said over the past nearly a century, under the Party’s leadership, the Vietnamese people have weathered countless hardships to undauntedly struggle for national independence, freedom and reunification. In those fights, millions of people laid down their lives for the sake of the Fatherland, and millions of martyrs’ relatives never had a chance to reunite with their beloved. Returning from wars, many people also sustained life-long wounds or were affected by toxic chemicals.

On behalf of the Party and State leaders, he expressed his deepest gratitude to the veteran revolutionaries, the Vietnamese Heroic Mothers, the Heroes of the People’s Armed Forces, war invalids and other revolution contributors nationwide.

The Party, State and people of Vietnam have always paid attention to the care of the contributors, the PM affirmed, noting that policies giving preferential treatment to them have received growing attention. Policies and laws in this regard have also been increasingly perfected, providing better support for more contributors.

At present, there are more than 9.2 million revolutionary contributors benefiting from preferential policies, accounting for nearly 10% of the country’s population. Each year, more than VND32 trillion (US$1.37 billion) from the State budget is spent on the policies for revolution contributors and their families...

PM Phuc requested ministries, sectors and localities to thoroughly grasp the Party’s viewpoints and the state’s policies and laws on the care for revolution contributors, increase communications to raise public awareness of this issue, diversify resources for implementing this work, and continue overhauling relevant legal documents.

They also need to boost reforming administrative procedures for verifying revolution contributors, create favourable conditions for them to benefit from preferential policies, and step up IT application in policy implementation, he added.