The system of preferential policies and laws on caring for national contributors has been constantly improved and bettered. The first preferential policy targeting national contributors was Decree No. 20/SL, signed by President Ho Chi Minh on February 16, 1947. It regulated disability and retirement pensions and death gratuity for wounded and fallen soldiers.
Since then, hundreds of documents have been issued on the implementation of preferential policies for revolutionary contributors.
Since 1986, along with the national renewal, our country's policy and legal system have been renovated to keep up with the current socio-economic situation.
The National Assembly, the National Assembly Standing Committee, the Government, ministries and sectors, have promulgated many legal documents on national contributors, including the Ordinance on revolutionary contributors, fallen soldiers and their families, wounded soldiers (Ordinance 1994), and the Ordinance on granting the ‘Vietnamese Heroic Mother’ title.
The two ordinances, both promulgated in 1994, are the most important legal documents to institutionalise the 1992 Constitution, marking the progress in building the system of social incentives for national contributors.
Youth union members hold candle-lighting ceremony to commemorate heroes and fallen soldiers at Dong Thap provincial cemetery on July 26, 2023
After 10 years of taking effect, Ordinance 1994 was reviewed, amended and supplemented to keep up with the current conditions. On December 9, 2020, the National Assembly Standing Committee issued Ordinance No.02/2020/UBTVQH14, on incentives for revolutionary contributors, which took effect from July 1, 2021.
To date, the Ordinance and its relevant documents have promptly institutionalised the Party's viewpoints, policies and guidelines on preferential treatment of revolutionary contributors.
Notably, the Secretariat issued Directive No. 14-CT/TW, dated July 19, 2017, to continue strengthening the Party’s leadership in the work related to revolutionary contributors, while standardising the conditions and criteria for considering and recognising people with meritorious service, following strict principles.
Most recently, the Government issued Decree No. 55/ND-CP dated July 21, 2023, amending and supplementing several articles of the Government’s Decree No. 75/2021/ND-CP, on regulating allowances, financial support, and preferential regimes for revolutionary contributors.
Accordingly, from July 1, 2023, the allowance for revolutionary contributors was raised from 1,624,000 VND to 2,055,000 VND (an increase of 26.5%).
Previously, the State President signed Decision No. 715/QD-CTN on June 19, 2023, on giving gifts to nearly 1.4 million revolutionary contributors and their families.
The Prime Minister has considered and approved the planning of a network of social facilities for caring and nursing revolutionary contributors in the 2021-2030 period, with a vision to 2050, to form a system of facilities with sufficient resources, scale and capacity, where national contributors can access and enjoy comprehensive care services, both physically and mentally.
Thanks to the attention and care of the entire Party and people, the lives of national contributors and their families have been improved.
To date, the living condition of 99% of national contributors is equal to or higher than the average living standard of others in their residence. 99% of communes and wards nationwide have performed well in the task of caring for wounded and fallen soldiers.
In the period 2012-2022, the whole country spent more than 357 trillion VND to care for revolutionary contributors, national contributors, and their families.
Over 13 trillion VND has been mobilised to build more than 84,000 new houses and repaired over 69 degraded houses of national contributors. Nearly 126,000 savings books worth over 1 trillion VND have been presented to families of policy beneficiaries.
Various activities have also been held nationwide to take care of wounded and fallen soldiers, revolutionary contributors and their families, receiving enthusiastic participation from the entire society.
Proper investment has been made in the construction, upgrading and repair of martyrs' graves, cemeteries, and memorial houses, as well as in the search, repatriation and identification of martyrs, contributing to educating the young generation about the heroic history of Vietnamese people.
Under the Party’s guidelines, and the State’s policies and laws, caring for wounded soldiers, families of fallen soldiers, and revolutionary contributors is not only a responsibility and obligation but also a precious tradition of our nation.
To fulfil this goal, in the coming time, the entire political system and people need to pay greater attention to effectively implementing the Resolution of the 13th Party Congress and the Secretariat’s Directive on continuing strengthening the Party’s leadership, in the work related to revolutionary contributors, and the Ordinance on incentives for revolutionary contributors.
Further efforts are also needed to review, better, and perfect the implementation of policies and laws on national contributors, ensuring that they have an average or better living standard, as compared to others in their residential area.
Local authorities at all levels need to create favourable conditions and issue specific, practical and effective mechanisms and measures, to promote the position and role of national contributors, and wounded soldiers, thus encouraging them to make greater contributions to the community and the country.