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First nursing center for veterans opens in Changsha

Updated: 2015-06-29

China's first senior center for World War II veterans opened in Changsha on June 27, reported Changsha Evening News.

Located in Liaojia village, Wangcheng district, the hometown of Lei Feng who is the role model for several generations of Chinese people, the nursing center used to be the Anhua Mountain Villa Elderly Apartment. A total of 15 veterans have settled down to enjoy the free services provided by Huaxia Insurance Company.

The nursing center will provide support and care for the veterans who are now advanced in age and poor in health, said Liu Xiao, vice chairman of Hunan's Provincial People's Political Consultative Conference. "They once fought for the country and the people and their contributions should not be unnoticed."

Wang Guangya, a 101-year-old veteran who fought in battles in Guangxi and Myanmar against Japanese forces during the World War II, salutes to express his thanks in Changsha on June 27. [Photo by Zhu Xiangping/rednet.cn]

"Short of provisions and in a harsh environment, several soldiers died every 500 meters when we fought a battle in Myanmar," said Wang Guangya, a 101-year-old veteran. The old war stories remained fresh in his memory. "The tough war has long gone and life is better now."

As 2015 is the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and the victory of Chinese People's War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression (1937-45), a series of activities remembering the war heroes and giving care to war veterans have been launched. Building nursing centers for veterans is part of a charity project called "Salute to War Veterans" launched by the China Elderly Development Foundation together with the China Elderly Office and the Ministry of Civil Affairs last year. It is sponsored by Huaxia Insurance Company.

The insurance company's vice president Liu Dong said it took five months for them to choose the location of the first veteran nursing center within 21 provinces and cities nationwide and Changsha was the final choice.

The company will also open more such nursing centers in other places this year and the company's Huaxia Charitable Foundation will fund another 5 million yuan ($806,000) for veterans across the Straits.

By Feng Lu, edited by Andrew Ancheta and Du Wenjuan

Source: Changsha Evening News/rednet.cn