84% of Korean War Veterans Remain Proud of their Role

      June 21, 2010 12:14

      Of Korean War veterans, 83.9 percent say they are proud of their participation in the war. Some 28.1 percent ticked "very proud" and 55.8 percent "proud." Some 2.1 percent replied they are not so proud and 0.5 percent did not take pride in it at all. The remaining 13.4 percent said "so-so."

      This was among the findings of a survey among 197,056 surviving veterans subject to the War Veterans Allowance Act analyzing the response of 156,252. Altogether 235,037 are still alive.

      Asked what kind of support they want the most, 84.3 percent said an increase in allowance. Next came welfare facilities with 3.6 percent, housing with 2.4 percent, a place in the national cemetery with 1.8 percent, household chores and nursing with 1.3 percent, and child rearing with 1.2 percent.

      Some 87 percent said they are having financial difficulties, with 67.2 percent citing old age. Other reasons included illness (13.5 percent) and low wages or irregular income (11.8 percent). The older the war veteran is, the more severe the problems they face.

      The war veterans rarely benefit from a pension. Nine out of ten respondents or 89.1 percent said they have not subscribed to a pension fund. Only 4.4 percent were covered by the national pension scheme, and 2.5 percent by the civil servants' pension fund.

      Asked with whom they live, 64.4 percent replied with their spouses, and 10.6 percent alone.

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