Veterans urge ex-servicemen to contribute more to development

Source:Xinhua Published: 2019/1/23 19:48:40

Five veterans honored for their achievements last year on Tuesday urged fellow ex-service personnel to contribute more to China's development.

They shared work experience and advice on how newly retired soldiers can better adjust to civilian life, find employment or start a business.

Among the five was Chen Kunyuan, 34, a veteran turned entrepreneur in the fresh vegetable delivery sector. Built from scratch, his company now boasts an annual revenue of more than 500 million yuan (about $73.45 million).

"Veterans can be an important force in boosting economic development, a key role like the one they played in safeguarding the country," Chen said. 

Wang Guiwu, 60, a serviceman from 1978 to 1980, and now chairman of a Tianjin-based company, has been supporting 16 mothers whose children lost their lives when combating floods in 1998, as well as participating in earthquake relief operations in 2008.

"Whatever business you want to go in, morals come first," Wang said. "For those veterans who want to start their business, I would advise them to set a realistic target, and achieve it step by step."

A platform created by Wang to provide career planning, vocational training, employment and business-starting services to veterans has so far brought jobs to more than 200 ex-servicemen or their families. 

The Ministry of Veterans Affairs was unveiled in April 2018 with the country vowing to provide better services to and protect the legal rights and interests of veterans.

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