Ministry of Defence announces new range of benefits for war veterans

Autor: Nuala Casey, Oldrich Holecek

In honour of Veterans Day 2015, representatives of the Czech Armed Forces, politicians, and the public commemorated the bravery and heroism of the soldiers who fought in two world wars, and also of the new generation of war veterans.

The main ceremony was held at Prague´s National Memorial at Vitkov on 11th November.

Poppy - the symbol of the Veterans Day

The Minister of Defence, Martin Stropnicky, and Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, Lieutenant General Josef Becvar, together with the most senior members of the Czech government, military officials, rank and file, veterans, and representatives of diplomatic corps accredited to the Czech Republic paid tribute to war veterans, and wreaths were laid in front of the National Monument.

Minister Stropnicky later presented 53 of the highest military awards to the veterans, to soldiers who are currently serving, and to civilians who have helped to support and promote the reputation of the Czech Armed Forces.

During the afternoon press conference, Minister Stropnicky and General Becvar announced the launch of a new range of benefits for veterans, ranging from new projects aimed at improving health care in military hospitals to providing soldiers easier access to retraining programmes for civilian jobs.

The Czech Republic has been remembering all fallen soldiers in past wars and conflicts since 2001 when it joined the rest of the civilised world in observing Veterans Day on 11th November.

By Nuala Casey and Oldrich Holecek

November 16, 2015