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Granger wants Commission to probe veterans’ welfare

Opposition Leader David Granger wants a Veterans Commission be established to look at the conditions of retired members of the disciplined services and make recommendations for their improvement.

Granger’s motion is tabled for likely debate at Thursday’s sitting of the National Assembly.

“Be it resolved that the National Assembly, acting in accordance with the Constitution, appoint a commission, styled the National Veterans Commission, to examine the conditions and circumstances facing veterans of the defence forces and disciplined services to make recommendations to ensure their health and welfare and for the general administration of veterans affairs in Guyana,” states the motion standing in his name.

He wants the Veterans Commission to be established under the constitutional provision for a Disciplined Forces Commission.

He a Retired Brigadier of the Guyana Defence Force, Granger cited the constitutional right to every Guyanese to free medical attention and social car in the case of old age and disability.

Making out a case for improved conditions of former soldiers, police, prison service members and fire fighters, Granger argued that “many ex-soldiers and servicemen have faced challenges which have had deleterious effects on their employment, health and welfare and of their dependants.”       

The Opposition Leader noted that thousands of persons have served in the defence forces and disciplined services of Guyana in which they rendered essential national defence and public security services to the nation as a whole.

The Defence Act prescribes that certain members of the defence forces are required to retire after only 22 years of service and other veterans of the disciplined services may be discharged honourably from regular service or transferred to the reserve for various prescribed reasons.
Opposition Leader David Granger wants a Veterans Commission be established to look at the conditions of retired members of the disciplined services and make recommendations for their improvement.

Granger’s motion is tabled for likely debate at Thursday’s sitting of the National Assembly.

“Be it resolved that the National Assembly, acting in accordance with the Constitution, appoint a commission, styled the National Veterans Commission, to examine the conditions and circumstances facing veterans of the defence forces and disciplined services to make recommendations to ensure their health and welfare and for the general administration of veterans affairs in Guyana,” states the motion standing in his name.

He wants the Veterans Commission to be established under the constitutional provision for a Disciplined Forces Commission.

He a Retired Brigadier of the Guyana Defence Force, Granger cited the constitutional right to every Guyanese to free medical attention and social car in the case of old age and disability.

Making out a case for improved conditions of former soldiers, police, prison service members and fire fighters, Granger said “many ex-soldiers and servicemen have faced challenges which have had deleterious effects on their employment, health and welfare and of their dependants.”        

The Opposition Leader noted that thousands of persons have served in the defence forces and disciplined services of Guyana in which they rendered essential national defence and public security services to the nation as a whole.

The Defence Act prescribes that certain members of the defence forces are required to retire after only 22 years of service and other veterans of the disciplined services may be discharged honourably from regular service or transferred to the reserve for various prescribed reasons.