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Posted : 2010-01-12 19:03
Updated : 2010-01-12 19:03

Subsidies for Agent Orange Victims to Be Hiked

The Cabinet approved a plan Tuesday to increase state subsidies for veterans currently suffering from ailments due to being exposed to defoliants during the Vietnam War and people of national merit.

Payments will increase by an average of 5 percent this year, the government said, adding the rise reflects its willingness to strengthen the welfare of those who contributed to national development.

The administration also plans to raise subsidies for holders of the Order of Military Merit who are 60 or older by 10,000 won per month.

The descendants of soldiers who perished during the 1950-53 Korean War will also get a subsidy raise ranging from 15.2 to 17.6 percent, according to the government.

jj@koreatimes.co.kr

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