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Korean Policy for Veterans and Future Directions

  • The Journal of Northeast Asia Research
  • Abbr : NEA
  • 2010, 25(1), pp.1-21
  • DOI : 10.18013/jnar.2010.25.1.001
  • Publisher : The Institute for Northeast Asia Research
  • Research Area : Social Science > Political Science > International Politics > International Relations / Cooperation

김성대 1

1조선대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

This study aims to suggest reform recommendations of veterans policy which meet security and economic levels of Korea by comparing Korean policy with those of advanced countries. National security is as important as personal health. If one loses his or her health, he or she will lose everything. If national security collapses, personal economic activities, national status, freedom and happiness of general public can never be guaranteed. For national security, national defense power is important and it can be achieved through strong armies and patriotism. Strong patriotism means that one protects his country at the risk of his life. It occurs when respectable treatments are given to veterans and retired soldiers. However, the budget of our veteran policy is poor. It is no more than 1.7% in comparison with 2.8% of the United States, 5.5% of Australia, and 2.4% of Thailand. Based on our security status, the number of veterans, the history of suffering and budget, administrative organizations and beneficiaries should be expanded. However, as shocks due to sudden expansion of budget is expected, it should be gradual to reach 3%, the levels of advanced countries: 2% within a year or so and 0.1~0.2% within 5 years. The office of veterans should be renamed the ministry of veterans to completely accommodate and manage about eight millions. Then the executive officer should be renamed a minister and veterans committee should be installed for easy budget management. Korea Veterans Committee which contains all the veterans organizations and retired soldiers should be reorganized as democratic. The committee should be a strong center for promotion of reform recommendations targeting political parties and general public. Like the veterans committee of the united states, political activities of members of national assembly should be monitored, recorded and analysed. The members should be divided into favorable and unfavorable, The favorable members should be appointed and the unfavorable members should be defeated in the election to induce care and consideration of political parties and to realize the reform recommendations.

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