The Afghan National Security and Defence Forces (ANSDF) steadily moves towards becoming a modern and professional force. Honouring the bravery of those heroes who give their lives for the country and caring for the wounded heroes are part of the ANSDF core programs.
Soldiers of the Afghan National Army (ANA) demonstrate bravery and honour in each and every operation to protect the innocents from the violence of the enemies of peace. In an interview with Sada-e Azadi, Lieutenant Colonel Mohammad Rasul Zazy, the 215 Maiwand Corps Communications Director, explained the ANA’s caring and rehabilitation program for their brave warriors.
Sada-e Azadi (SeA): Can you describe how the ANA cares for its wounded and martyred?
Lt.Col. Zazy: The Afghan Ministry of Defence has a comprehensive program to care for its wounded heroes and for honouring its martyrs. As the first-line treatment facility, we have our clinics in each unit and the base clinics in every ANA zone. However, patients with severe injuries are taken to Shaheed Mohammad Dawood Khan Hospital in Kabul, where they receive advanced care.
SeA: What happens to the soldier’s benefits while he is receiving medical treatment?
Lt.Col. Zazy: All ANA soldiers continue to receive their monthly salary and benefits during their medical treatment, and the recovery time counts towards their service commitment. Soldiers unable to continue their service due to injury receives a fifteen-month salary package, approved by the ANA Health Commission.
SeA: Please explain the compensation for the ANA martyred soldiers.
Lt.Col. Zazy: Families of the fallen ANA heroes receive monthly benefits as pension. They are also entitled to a residential land grant and educational scholarships for their children.
Sada-e Azadi also visited one of the ANA heroes, Mohammad Salam of 215th Maiwand Corp, who was injured in the Kajaki district’s security operations. He said, “I am totally
recoverd and ready to resume my duties to serve my country. I received outstanding medical treatment in the modern ANA 215 Corps hospital. Our ANA takes very good care of us so I can take care of my country and my people.”