MAKLN resumes the verification process for veterans’ documents

MAKLN resumes the verification process for veterans’ documents

DILI, 03 july 2021 (TATOLI) — The Ministry for the Affairs and Combatants of National Liberation (MAKLN) resumed the verification process of the documents of the registered veterans that had been halted due to Covid-19 and lock-down in Timor-Leste.

Around 27.000 veterans receive subsidies from the government every month, while, Timor-Leste has so far recorded 124.860 veterans since 2009. The verification of the documents of these registered veterans is scheduled to begin today across 12 municipalities including RAEOA.

“Tomorrow our team in 12 municipalities and RAEOA will verify the documents of those veterans who registered in 2009. About 10 percent of these documents had been processed before Covid-19. Due to the pandemic, the verification and collection of the veterans’ documents had been halted and today we resume the activity again,” the President of the Council of Veterans, Vidal de Jesus ‘Riak-Leman’ told TATOLI, at SERVE Office, in Dili, on Monday.

Riak-Leman said the verification team has a lot of experience regarding veterans’ lives: “The national verification team will be accompanied by the municipal authorities to assess the documents of the veterans.”

He said the veterans would be classified into different categories which depend on years of dedication, including 3 years category, 4 to 7 years category, 8 to 14 years category, 15 to 19 years category, and 20 to 24 years category.

The Government of Timor-Leste, through the Ministry for the Affairs and Combatants of National Liberation (MAKLN), awarded veterans who fought for the national liberation with ‘Medal of Honor’ and subsidies to honor their dedication and sacrifices for independence.

“For those veterans who have passed away, their names were registered in 2009, and the government still acknowledges their sacrifices and contribution for the independence of the nation. Thus, their wives, husbands, or their children have the right to receive the subsidy,” he said.

Riak-Leman said every month, US$30 of each veteran’s subsidy is deducted to be used for investment: “MAKLN had saved up to US$15 million.”

“We have planned to invest the money, which will benefit the veterans. But, first, we need to get the approval of the authorities,” said Riak-Leman.


Journalist: Filomeno Martins 

Editor: Nelia Borges Rosario 


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