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(CGTN) Addressing veteran issues in the build-up of a modernized military is key to building a strong army for achieving China's national rejuvenation.


As part of a government reshuffle, the Ministry of Veterans Affairs is to be formed according to a plan released in Beijing on Tuesday. The move shows that the promise previously made by Chinese President Xi Jinping has been fulfilled.


"We will establish an administration for veterans; we will protect the legitimate rights and interests of military personnel and their families; and we will make military service an occupation that enjoys public respect," said President Xi Jinping while delivering the report at the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in October 2017.


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Soldiers attend a training course in Shijiazhuang, north China's Hebei Province, August 12, 2017. The training aims to help them reintegrate into society and reposition themselves. /VCG Photo



Still contributors to society


The new ministry is to draft policies and regulations related to demobilized military personnel and put them into practice, to publicize to society achievements made by veterans for the Party, the country and its people, to deal with issues regarding training and reemployment, to support veterans' family members, to handle issues on pension and retirement benefits, to take care of military cemeteries, and to organize commemoration activities.


Previously, the tasks were handled by different ministries, the Ministry of Civil Affairs, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security and the Central Military Commission.

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August 26, 2015: A job fair, an exclusive one for soldiers to retire, is held in Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong Province. /VCG Photo



"How retired military personnel are treated will have impact on mentality and morale of the servicemen. Veterans are also of great value to the country. If the issue is properly handled, veterans could make great contributions to society," Li Yanping, deputy to the National People's Congress (NPC),  told the Paper on Tuesday.


Statistics from the Ministry of Civil Affairs show that the number of retired military personnel has reached 57 million in China.

Internationally, the issue of veteran care is given serious consideration in major powers, and organizations have been set up to address related issues.

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Veterans' services seen as priority in the US

Departments dealing with veteran affairs exist in countries such as the US, the UK, France and Germany.

The Veterans Day Parade takes place in New York, the US, November 11, 2017 (local time). Around 40,000 veterans, servicemen, family members of military personnel and high school students participate in the parade. /VCG Photo



In the US, Department of Veterans Affairs was formed in 1989 and is the second-largest of the Cabinet departments after the Department of Defense. In President Abraham Lincoln's words, the department is to "care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan."


Data released by the Department of Veterans Affairs shows that the number of veterans in the US was about 20.4 million in 2016.


A Pew Research Center survey conducted in April 2017 concludes that Americans still view veterans' services as a priority.

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ceciliazhang Post time: 2018-3-16 03:26
Veterans' services seen as priority in the USDepartments dealing with veteran affairs exist in count ...

The US Governement is not a good example of care taking for it's veteran's. All of them are just dumped on the streets after they have completed their service.
Veteran's deserve more respect, they have put their lives and family's at risk for their country.  

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Jarek Post time: 2018-3-17 21:20
The US Governement is not a good example of care taking for it's veteran's. All of them are just d ...

Veteran's deserve more respect, they have put their lives and family's at risk for their country.  

Including Vietnam War, Iraqi War, Afganistan War etc, etc?

They don't sacrifice for, don't devote for their country, but are cannon fodder, are tools. They invaded into other countries under the cloak of their holy country. For an instance, they were blindfolded and led to Iraq battlefield running amok under the false pretext-there were WMD. Some of them even committed crimes intentionally killing civilians. They are bloody war criminals, as well as pathetic victims.

You would never say that veterans of Hilter regime deserved respect, would you?  

Only if one day they wake up from their hallusions, they will find out they have been being hypnotized by a tiny of people, and then are deserted because they become useless any more. Maybe most veterans never consciously wake up all in their lives, but in somnabulistic state, deeper and deeper...

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