We are not ashamed of retirement and social services of veterans
By Vestnik Kavkaza
Recently, Vladimir Putin signed the Act on a one-off payment for some categories of citizens of the Russian Federation to mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945. Veterans and disabled veterans of the war, former underaged prisoners of concentration camps, ghettos, and other detention facilities which were established by fascists and their allies during the Second World War will be issued 7 thousand rubles. Widows of soldiers who died during the war with Finland, the Great Patriotic War, the war with Japan, widows of disabled veterans of the Great Patriotic War and participants of the Great Patriotic War will be issued the same sum. The money will be sent not only to Russian citizens, but also people who survived in the war in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.
Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Social Policy, Valeri Ryazanskiy, says that it is just one-off support, but there is systemic support for these categories: “I want to draw your attention to the number of veterans who are supported by social services, on the basis of that category in accordance with the list which is specified in the law. The number of disabled veterans at the beginning of this year who are on service is almost 72,000 disabled war veterans, or rather 71,860 people. The average size of pensions of these categories is about 25 thousand rubles. According to the fact that pensions are indexed from February 1 at 11%, this amount can be multiplied by another 11%, which is the increase that happened. In addition, this category is paid a one-off sum of 4247 rubles, plus a one-off maintenance payment of 1 thousand rubles, plus the benefits, which offset the costs of their families or veterans themselves on utility bills.”
According to Ryazanskiy, “the average material component of this category is a little more than 31-32 thousand rubles. In my opinion, this outlined the category of World War II veterans for retirement and social services, of which we should not be ashamed. Another major section of national attention to this category is medical support. This category of privileged citizens is entitled to annual medical examinations, appropriate medical treatment. A certain category of World War II veterans passes these procedures in 65, if I'm not mistaken, war veterans' hospitals. These hospitals continue to function, they are in a special account, have additional opportunities. And besides, they have an additional function to provide assistance and support to young participants of war, who have received their injuries during the events in Afghanistan, or the Chechen events.”