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2017-11-27 09:00
Ministry of the Interior Invites Retired Wounded Draftees to attend Get-together Symposium
Some 600 retired wounded draftees and their family members living in southern Taiwan were invited to attend a get-together symposium held by the Ministry of the Interior in Chiayi City on Sept. 29 to share their views regarding the ministry's arrangements to assign draftees serving alternative service to provide care services and assistance to those who were wounded during military service.

Deputy Minister of the Interior Chiu Chang-yueh said at the symposium that since 2011 the National Conscription Agency under the Ministry of the Interior has selected draftees with medical science, rehabilitation, psychology, and social works background to provide care services and assistance to retired draftees, who were wounded during military service.

Retired wounded draftees are encouraged to submit applications to conscription sections of local governments for such care services. Increasing numbers of applications have been received in recent years, according to Deputy Minister Chiu.

Currently, there are 740 draftees serving alternative service assigned by 20 local governments to provide care services to 115 retired wounded draftees.

Since 2013, the Ministry of the Interior has invited retired wounded draftees and their family members to attend symposiums held in northern, central, southern and eastern Taiwan as well as the offshore island Penghu. The get-together symposium in Chiayi in September was attended by retired wounded draftees living in southern Taiwan, including Chiayi County, Tainan City, Kaohsiung City and Pingtung County. Also attending the symposium were representatives of the Central Government and local governments, the military, and organizations of the disadvantaged.

Retired wounded draftees receive consolation money and allowances from the government on occasion of the Lunar New Year, Dragon Festival and Moon Festival.

At the symposium, the 86-year-old Lin Teh-lu, who served military service in Kinmen and was wounded during the 823 Artillery Bombardment on Aug. 23, 1958, on behalf of retired wounded draftees living in southern Taiwan, received the consolation money from Deputy Minister Chiu.

Over the past decades, Lin has suffered from deafness, blindness and paralysis and his family members have been caring for him, and currently an alternative service draftee, Chen Chun-ping, is assigned to provide care services to Lin.

Lin's perseverance against suffering, his family members' loving care, and the care services of Chen, the draftee, were recorded by Professor Wang Chiung-ling of the National Chung Cheng University in her recently published book,named Brighter in the Dark:Uncle Lok and 823 Artillery Bombardment.

As entertainment of the get-together occasion, alternative service draftees presented acrobatic show and magic show, and many prizes were given away at a lottery drawing.

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