Deputy Minister's Foreword

 

The war of the liberation struggle was long and bitter as rightly anticipated by Honorable Herman Andimba Toivo Ya Toivo during his trial speech in the Pretoria Court in 1968. The result of the war has left many veterans of the national liberation struggle with a multiplicity of health, economic, social and psychological problems, just to mention a few.

These veterans, despite their heroic deeds, during the struggle for independence, found themselves on the periphery of the country’s socio-economic mainstream immediately after independence. Some are disabled or traumatized whereas those who are fit to work and contribute to the country’s economic growth are unable to secure meaningful employment simply because they lack the necessary educational skills required in the post-colonial economy of the Namibian society. This is nonetheless contrary to their wishes and aspirations during the struggle for independence. To them, just like it was with every other Namibian, independence meant harmony, improved economic benefits and endless opportunities for themselves and their families. It is therefore important to note that the establishment of Veterans Affairs (VA) is essential to address the plight of the veterans and dependents of veterans.