Retired military servicemen have key role in national building process: King

His Majesty King Abdullah II on Monday commended the role of retired military servicemen in building the country and protecting its achievements, calling them the backup of our armed forces and security services.

In a meeting at the General Headquarters of the Armed Forces with the head and members of the Economic and Social Association of Retired Servicemen and Veterans, the King congratulated “his comrades-in-arms, the military retirees, on the day of faith for them”, and expressed his pride in their services and sacrifices.

During the meeting, attended by Prime Minister Hani Mulki and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mahmoud Freihat, His Majesty stressed the need to make “a qualitative leap in the performance of the association to serve the retired military personnel and improve their living conditions”. He said the government had been directed to support and strengthen the role of the association, and revisit its law.

“Improving the economic and social conditions of all military retirees is a priority for us”, he said, stressing the developmental role of the association in devising training and rehabilitation programs, providing job opportunities for its members and enhancing its investment activity to ensure the sustainability of its financial resources.

The King pointed to the importance of expanding the association’s existing projects, and the need for retired military servicemen to benefit from funding allocated for production projects to improve their living conditions.

His Majesty stressed the importance of sustaining communication between the institution and military retirees in various regions of the country to check and follow up on their affairs, as well as benefit from their skills and expertise in various fields.

King Abdullah pointed out that the Royal Court continues to implement a plan to build clubs for retired military servicemen in the various governorates to facilitate communication between them and the state’s institutions, and develop the services provided to them, especially in the field of training and rehabilitation.

His Majesty pointed to the importance of cooperation between the association and the private sector to implement productive projects in the Kingdom’s regions.

Prime Minister Mulki, president of the Supreme Council of the Economic and Social Association of Retired Servicemen and Veterans, pointed to the opportunities provided by a self-employment programme to military retirees to start small- and medium-sized enterprises to improve their income and develop local communities.

He stressed that the government, under the directives of HM the King, will work to provide all possible support for the association “to reflect positively on the conditions of retired military personnel”, pointing out the importance of benefiting from their vast experience in various domains.

Source: Jordan News Agency