Ex Servicemen Demand Better Conditions

Veterans in the Volta Region have expressed dissatisfaction about their pension package, describing it as ‘woefully inadequate.’

According to them, the situation was making life difficult for them and had therefore appealed to the government to do something about it.

The veterans made the appeal after a solemn parade to commemorate the 70th Remembrance Day anniversary. It was held at the Jubilee Park in Ho, the regional capital. This year also marks the 70th anniversary of the United Nations (UN).

The Remembrance Day, which is also referred to as 11:11:11, is observed on 11 November every year to commemorate the end of the hostilities of the Second World War. The hostilities formally ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1945 thus, 11:11:11.

After the end of the hostilities, an Armistice was signed between Germany on one hand and the alliance, comprising Britain, France and Russia, on the other hand.

Speaking to DAILY GUIDE after the parade, Colonel Richard Bosortsi(rtd), who is the Volta Regional chairman of the Veterans Association of Ghana (VAG), reiterated the hardships experienced by most veterans in the country.

He submitted that the pension package had never been enough resulting in the hardships the ‘old soldiers’ go through. That notwithstanding, he was hopeful that the new law, Veterans Administration Act  (Act 844) which was passed two years ago will help improve the lives of the veterans.

He said the passage of the law will also empower the veterans to engage in income generation activities to supplement their income.

Col. Bosortsi(rtd) said the new law also exempts the VAG from tax, hence if they are able to put the right systems in place, the difficulties the veterans go through, such as challenges in paying health bills, supporting families and having proper livelihoods will be ameliorated.

Under the new VAG, all retired soldiers become members compulsorily and not voluntary as it used to be in the past.

Four wreaths were laid in memory of fallen soldiers who lost their lives in the world wars and others who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the fight for independence, other conflicts and in peacekeeping operations worldwide.

The first wreath was laid by the Deputy Volta Regional Minister, Francis Ganyaglo on behalf of the government and people of Ghana, the second by the Volta Regional Police Commander, DCOP Peterkin Yentumi Gyinae, on behalf of the security services.

The Paramount Chief of Ziavi, Togbe Korku Ayim, a representative of the Volta Regional House of Chiefs laid a wreath on behalf of the traditional authorities followed by the Volta Regional Chairman of VAG,Col. Richard Bosortsi(rtd) who laid the last wreath on behalf of the ex-service men and women.

From Fred Duodu, Ho ([email protected])
Pix saved as Old Soldiers in 2015

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