Help for Vets: Government proposes double-time pensions for frontline service

The Armenian government has endorsed a bill that would provide higher pensions for servicemen who serve on the line of contact.

At its Thursday meeting the government made changes to the Armenian law on State Pensions, whereby a soldier will receive double-pay for time spent on the frontline.

Armenian Deputy Minister of Defense Ara Nazaryan said that the necessity of adopting the bill is explained by the fact that the Armenian legislation does not define corresponding and significant privileges for Armenian officers and contractual military staff serving on the frontline.

According to Nazaryan, adopting the bill will contribute to the efficiency of recruiting new contractual servicemen for military duty.

The suggestion is in line with the provisions of Armenian defense amendments program of 2010-2015; it aimed at developing the system of social support for persons discharged from military service.

Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan underlined that the problems of military servicemen are always under their attention.

“We are trying to give all the solutions one by one, and we are simply responsible for solving those problems,” the PM said.

Last week the Armenian government has endorsed amendments to the Law on the Social Security of Servicemen and their Family Members suggested by MP Edmon Marukyan (non-aligned with any faction).

The bill provides for complete state financial support for medical treatment abroad for servicemen wounded, injured, mutilated or with diseases acquired during military actions or service on the frontline.