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World War II veterans wait for pension stuck with banks

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World War II veterans cry for pension
Aligarh: World War II veterans who had once overpowered their enemies by their valour have virtually surrendered before the government machinery. They are running from pillar to post to avail their pension pending for the last nine months.


According to reports, their pensions are stuck with the banks, while cheques against the Sainik Welfare Board have already been dispatched with their account numbers.


Despite repeated reminders from the board, the banks have a long list of excuses for not reliving the pension. The irked board officials have sought information from the banks about their branches. 


The Indian Army had participated in the World War II from 1939 to 1945, and 355 soldiers were from Aligarh. The government is paying Rs 2500 as monthly pension to these veterans, who despite their frail figures are compelled to run from one office to another to avail the amount.


Irked over the callousness of the official machinery, Board Secretary Arvind Kumar said, “If such system continues, people will even hesitate to join the Army.”


It may be noted that the pension is stuck with various branches of SBI and Central Bank for the last three to nine months respectively.
Meanwhile, the search for missing warriors of the World War II is yet to complete. Till date, only 150 out of 355 veterans have been ascertained. District Soldier Welfare and Rehabilitation Board has written letters to all retired military personnel and their dependents to collect information related to the War veterans.

(JPN/ Bureau)

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American Military Retirees Association

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1.    Please visit the Site "American Military Retirees Association".
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3.    Some  News about them are published as under :-
  
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To work on behalf of military retirees and their families,
to protect their rights and benefits under the law, and to
lobby on their behalf in Washington, DC and elsewhere.




Founded in Saranac Lake, New York in 1973, the focus of the American Military Retirees Association (AMRA) is “retirees serving retirees”.  Eligibility for the Association includes military retirees, medically retired and 100% service-connected (Disabled T&P), and surviving spouses.  AMRA provides benefits such as TRICARE and CHAMPVA supplemental insurance, discounts with hotels, car rental agencies and moving companies, auto and homeowner insurance.  Members also receive a weekly electronic newsletter focused on retiree benefits and legislation, and a quarterly newspaper with feature articles.
The Association welcomes retirees from all ranks of all branches of the Uniformed Services.  Individuals retiring from the Guard and Reserves are eligible, as are surviving spouses of retirees.  The Association’s founding principles are still the guiding force for today’s AMRA leadership, as outlined in the “Purposes” section of the National Bylaws.The purposes for which the Association was formed are fraternal, patriotic, and educational and include but are not limited to:


(a)  To protect and preserve the vested rights, benefits and privileges of Retired Armed Forces personnel;
(b)  To provide a means to sponsor, foster, and encourage legislation affecting the status of retired and active personnel of the U.S. Armed Forces;
(c)  To keep members informed of changes to benefits and legislation that may affect their benefits and to encourage active participation in the legislative process;
(d)  To foster the welfare of survivors and dependent children of Retired Armed Forces personnel;
(e)  To accept as members, all retired personnel from all branches of the Armed Forces, regardless of rank, who are honorably retired and receiving, or qualified to receive retired/retainer benefits.  This includes all those medically retired, 100% service connected disabled veterans, and surviving spouses of any of the above;
(f)  To provide a means of social contact for all members and their families.
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Himalayan quake deaths rise as night falls

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GUWAHATI | Mon Sep 19, 2011 7:20pm IST
(Reuters) - Rescuers dug through mudslides on roads to isolated Himalayan villages on Monday in search of survivors after a 6.9 magnitude earthquake killed 63 people in India, Nepal and the Chinese region of Tibet.
Soldiers and police pulled victims from rubble as night closed in and the number of victims climbed to 35 in the "Shangri-la" northeastern state of Sikkim, the epicentre of Sunday night's quake felt more than miles away in Delhi.
Air Force helicopters took supplies to affected areas, ringed by some of the world's highest peaks. Some mountain passes blocked by landslides were reopened and planes made two food airdrops, the home secretary said.
"The earthquake has loosened the hill-faces, and when it rains, it causes landslides. So the situation is still very dangerous," said Deepak Pandey, spokesman for the Indo-Tibetan Border police.
"We have rescued more than 400 people since last night," Pandey said. The rugged north of the state at the edge of the Tibetan plateau was worst hit.
It may take days for the final number of casualties to be confirmed but border police said they did not think the death toll would be on a massive scale.
At least seven died in Bihar, while six died in the West Bengal.
People in Sikkim's main city, Gangtok, sat on roadsides under umbrellas in the heavy rain and prepared for another chilly night -- reluctant to go home for fear of aftershocks.
"We are scared of another earthquake like last night, we have no place to stay, our house is damaged, and we can only pray to God now," Sushma Sharma, mother of three children in Gangtok, told Reuters.
It has been raining for four straight days in parts of Sikkim. The temperature in the quake zone was about 8 degrees Celsius (46 degrees Fahrenheit) and will drop overnight.
"Let's pray that the weather gets better," said army spokesman Om Singh.

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