S-Space College of Social Sciences (사회과학대학) Institute for Social Development and Policy Research (사회발전연구소) Development and Society Development and Society Vol.45 No.1/3 (2016)
Direction for Reforming Reward Policy for Veterans in Korea
- Choi, Byung-ook
- Issue Date
- Institute for Social Development and Policy Research, Center for Social Sciences, Seoul National University
- Development and Society, Vol.45 No.1, pp. 89-111
- veterans affairs ; national merit ; reward commission ; system improvement ; compensation and honorable treatment
- South Korea had numerous fatalities and wounded soldiers during the Korean War and the Vietnam War, and the country is still losing soldiers to a considerable number of injuries and deaths to accidents caused by perilous conditions for conscripted soldiers. Those highly devotional individuals who sacrificed their lives and well-being for the welfare of their state are the very subjects of the veterans affairs policy. The soldiers of war and public casualties are compensated under the Military Pension Act, the Military Service Law and the Courtesy Law. Putting aside the basic idea, the benefits that the primary subjects (the soldiers of war and public casualties) of the veterans policies receive is far inferior than those civilians receive in compensation for accidents. It is necessary to review the Country Compensation Law, which has excluded soldiers from the Country Compensation Claim Right. And medical care and educational support is essential.