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Salute to veterans

Updated: 2013-09-24 07:15
( China Daily)

Even though Kuomintang soldiers that fought against Japanese aggression have been entitled to social security, ensuring that all of them receive it has not been smooth sailing.

Salute to veterans

Volunteers from a local charity foundation visit Liu Zhenwen (right), a KMT veteran in Guizhou province. [Photo/China Daily]  

Although some local civil affairs departments have done what they can to take care of these veterans, it has been difficult for every one of them to see their contribution to the fight against the Japanese aggressors clearly recognized and handsomely rewarded, simply because their troops and the soldiers led by the Party once fought each other.

That is why the Ministry of Civil Affairs has reiterated in recent months that local governments and Party leaders should provide social security and care for Kuomintang veterans who fought in the War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression in the 1930s and 1940s.

The document also says that the ministry supports what various social organizations have done to help these veterans, the youngest of whom are now in their 80s.

Even with unpleasant memories from the civil war or the "cultural revolution" (1966-76), there is no reason for the country and its people to forget these veterans' deeds and sufferings and deny them the respect and care they deserve as defenders of the country. They, too, are heroes of our nation.

It is definitely right and laudable for the Ministry of Civil Affairs to reiterate that the government and society will do more to let veterans spend their last years in warmth and happiness, and enjoy their due respect.

Some local civil affairs departments have followed the social security rules of the ministry and done what they can to take care of these veterans. Varied social organizations have earned the trust of these veterans by offering them care and support. Still, the living conditions of many veterans are yet to be improved.

Long overdue as the social security entitlement for veteran Kuomintang soldiers has been, ensuring it received by those entitled to it will not only help them have a more comfortable life, it will also be a token of appreciation of what they have done for the country, and a step toward viewing the past with an unbiased eye.

(China Daily 09/24/2013 page8)