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War veterans return medals in protest. Today, Norwegian war veterans assembled before parliament to hand back their military decorations in protest against what they say is a discriminatory welfare system. All wounded soldiers who have served under international operations on behalf of their country have a right to financial compensation, but a Parliamentary law differentiates between when the injuries were sustained. In effect, everyone had to have been wounded after the end of 2009 to get higher benefits, as well as continued medical attention for delayed physical and psychological injuries.

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War veterans return medals in protest

Published on Monday, 5th July, 2010 at 14:44 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 5th July 2010 at 15:22.

Today, Norwegian war veterans assembled before parliament to hand back their military decorations in protest against what they say is a discriminatory welfare system.

Lion sculpture outside parliament
Lion sculpture outside parliament
Photo: John Erling Blad/Wikimedia Commons


Ineligible

All wounded soldiers who have served under international operations on behalf of their country have a right to financial compensation, but a Parliamentary law differentiates between when the injuries were sustained.

In effect, everyone had to have been wounded after the end of 2009 to get higher benefits, as well as continued medical attention for delayed physical and psychological injuries.

“It’s recently been determined that the state should have responsibility for injuries incurred after 01 January 2010. Those who were wounded before then aren’t entitled to medical follow-ups. They’ll also only get about half the amount of those injured in 2010,” Jan William Steen of the Norwegian Veterans Association for International Operations (NVIO) tells NTB.

Bureaucracy

Soldiers wounded from this year onwards get a maximum pension of approximately 4.9 million kroner. Personnel before then 2009 receive about 2.6 million. There’s no compensation for those injured prior to 1978.

The veterans also demanded everyone should be entitled to medical follow-ups, independent of when they were injured, as well as a shorter case processing time.

“Many veterans have to fight a lengthy battle today to receive the compensation they feel they deserve,” says Steen, who’s served in both the Lebanon and Balkans.

Dignity

Approximately 200 veterans were present at the demonstration. Sverre Myrli, Labour’s (Ap) defence policy spokesman, received 67 medals on behalf of the government. He acknowledged there’s still a job to do when it comes to following up veterans.

“These are men and women who have done a very important job on behalf of the Norwegian State. They deserve decent conditions at the end of their service,” reports TV2.

According to a press release, NVIO distanced itself from the demonstration.




Published on Monday, 5th July, 2010 at 14:44 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 5th July 2010 at 15:22.

This post has the following tags: norwegian, war, veterans, association, international, operations, balkans, lebanon, welfare, benefits, medical, delayed, physical, psychological, damage, labour, jan, william, steen, sverre, myrli.





  
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