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New Year's Greetings from the Minister
Date 2007-01-22 오전 9:28:09 View 1658
Respectable Patriots and Veterans!
My fellow officers at the MPVA!

2007, the year of the pig, has arrived. I wish all of you will achieve everything you hope for this New Year. And I also hope that the New Year will bring all the blessings and a happiness to your family.

Over the past year, we have confronted many challenges such as the North Korean nuclear confrontation and the sagging economy at home and abroad.

In the face of such challenges, however, we, at the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs, have taken a big step forward by successfully addressing major pending issues.

Most of all, the completion of "the Scheme for the Development of National Merit Reward System" set the stage for our Ministry to make a brand new, forward-looking merit reward system.

We also launched "the National Merit Reward Commission" designed to discuss major policy issues concerning national merit reward system and made every policy efforts to make the Commission play its designed role.

In addition, we laid the groundwork for managing facilities of honoring meritorious persons. The Daejeon National Cemetery came under the authority of our Ministry from the Ministry of National Defense, and an effective system of deliberating national cemetery interment eligibility was established.

The amendment of "the Act on the Support for Veterans" has let us more systematically assist veterans` smooth transfer to civilian life.

All in all, the entire system of national merit reward has taken a step forward and our Ministry is now poised to implement a more advanced merit reward program.

I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to all the public servants of the MPVA for your dedication and commitment to the advancement of Korea`s merit reward system.

We will continue to make every effort to put in place an advanced merit reward administration system based on what we`ve built during the past years.

I would like to explain policy directions of the MPVA for the new year.

This year, we will put our policy focus on the establishment of a respected merit reward system, guarantee of a healthy and comfortable life for veterans, patriots, and their families, spread of the love for country, assistance system for veteran`s smooth transfer to civilian life capitalizing on the human resources of veterans on a national level.

To this end, we will first establish a respected merit reward system by revamping our merit reward system through substantial improvement of the efficiency of the "National Merit Reward Commission."

Second, as the needs of patriots and veterans change, we will expand home welfare services for the aged and those who are disabled or have restricted mobility, strengthen the veterans` helper system, and establish more nursery homes for aged veterans, and improve the silver welfare, capitalizing on the existing public, and private nursery homes.

Third, we will spread the love for our country by transforming facilities like the Independence Hall and the Seoul National Cemetery into cultural complexes, making the Imsil and Youngcheon National Remembrance Cemeteries more accessible to ordinary citizens by adding more efficiency to their operation, and turning Hyochang Park into an Independence Park that upholds our national spirit.

Last but not least, we will strengthen the veterans assistance infrastructure through the establishment of "a Pan-government Scheme for the Assistance of Veterans."

There`s a saying "the gull sees farthest who flies highest." Just like the saying, we at the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs will set our goal high in the year of the pig and pull our every effort to develop the national merit reward system to serve as a pillar for the harmony and unity of all Koreans, and make our Ministry a more trusted, hard working organization.

And I would like to ask your support and cooperation in our efforts to make the patriots & veterans policy to bear good fruits.

In closing, I once again wish all the happiness and great success for the patriots, veterans, and fellow officers at the MPVA in the year 2007.

Happy New Year!

Thank you.

Jan. 2, 2007
Park Yoo-chul
Minister of the Patriots and Veterans Affairs


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