Well there's good news on that front. The army has formally opened its firstSenior Veterans Home, Ashray, at Panchkula, Chandigarh.
The veterans house built in the popular complex known as Basantar Enclave in Sector 2 of Panchkula has 60 dwelling units and is well equipped to serve the needs of its residents. The premise is further equipped with a bar and a mess. Gym/yoga-room, lift, round-the-clock security, and DTH TV connections are also provided to make sure these veterans can enjoy retirement.
All veterans who are drawing pension from the army are eligible to stay in the Ashray. The facility also extends to widows of soldiers and widowers of lady officers.
Although only 28 rooms have been occupied as of now, Army Commander Lt Gen K J Singh complimented the entire team and said that he hoped the venture would receive a good response. The need for this kind of facility had been long felt in the region.
Ashray would be particularly beneficial to those veterans who have no children, or their kids are settled abroad. They would enjoy the same zone of respect, being a part of a larger society of army veterans. Though they would have to pay for the facilities, the rates are considerably subsidised and ex-servicemen who wished to live in these homes could use their pensions to pay for the services.
After years of service to the nation, they do deserve respect. An initiative that truly deserves appreciation.http://www.scoopwhoop.com/news/indian-army-veteran-home-ashray-inaugurated-at-panchkula/