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DISABLED WAR VETERANS ASSOCIATION OF FINLAND
VERBAND DER FINNISCHEN KRIEGSINVALIDEN
ASSOCIATION DES INVALIDES DE GUERRE DE FINLANDE
MEMBER OF THE WORLD VETERANS FEDERATION
BASIC INFORMATION ABOUT DISABLED WAR VETERANS AND THE DISABLED WAR VETERANS' ASSOCIATION OF FINLAND
THE ORGANISATION AND ITS MEMBERS
The Disabled War Veterans' Association of Finland was established on 18 August 1940 as a joint voluntary association for the care and fraternal support of disabled war veterans. Of the approximately 94,000 war veterans who were permanently disabled in our wars of 1939-1945, about 6 000 are still alive today and their average age is 90 years. The Association also takes care of disabled war veterans' spouses and widows. The ranks of disabled war veterans will thin out significantly in the years immediately ahead. The annual death rate is 1,400. It is estimated that there will be around 4,000 disabled war veterans in 2015.
The average degree of disability among the veterans is about 30%. Those with a 50-100% degree of disability are considered the most seriously disabled; they number around 1,500. Nearly 100 war veterans with extreme disabilities (a 100% degree of disability) are still alive, including those who were blinded in the wars, double amputees, those with spinal injuries, certain cases of multiple disability as well as several with bronchial, cardiac and rheumatism problems. Disabled veterans still feel the sufferings of war in their daily lives.
INSTITUTIONS FOR TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION, NURSING HOMES
Together with its member associations, the Association has been setting up institutions for treatment and rehabilitation since the 1940s. Their activities and administrative systems have been arranged in accordance with the changing needs of disabled war veterans. The Association's convalescent and nursing homes as well as rehabilitation hospitals for war veterans have a total of more than 1,600 places.
THE ASSOCIATION'S MISSION
Some of the Association's most important tasks are to improve statutory treatment and compensation cover as well as to ensure the continuity of counselling services. Municipally provided outpatient care services are free of charge for war veterans with at least a 20% degree of disability. The degree of disability for long-term free-of-charge care is 25 %. However, compensation may be given to disabled war veterans with a 20 % degree of disability who receive interval care for a maximum of ten weeks a year in Kauniala, Kyyhkylä and the Association's nursing and fraternal homes or who receive care in a day hospital for a maximum of 70 days a year. In future, the limits set for the degree of disability should be lowered further as soon as possible. With the average age of disabled war veterans being 87, the goal of all the Association's activities is to safeguard the veterans' interests in their old age.
The Association's divisions are able to accept spouses and widows as members. There are about 20,000 spouses and widows still alive today, over 14,000 of whom have become spouse members. The principle behind spouse membership is the need to care for spouses and widows who have often taken care of disabled war veterans for decades. The most important support offered to them will be counselling regarding their statutory rights. Increasing rehabilitation opportunities for war veterans' spouses and widows is one of the Association's principal goals.
At present, the Association is especially committed to providing support to enable war veterans and their spouses and their widows to live at home by organising home help services and repairing residences that are in poor condition. Altogether nearly 3,300 disabled war veterans, spouses and widows receive home care through the Association's assistance project. This service includes taking care of daily household chores, gardening and outdoor work as well as running errands. Social interaction is also an essential aspect of the service. The assistance project provides constantly employment for over 300 people with a history of long-term unemployment.
Bank account numbers:
IBAN: FI45 2001 3800 4405 95, BIC: NDEAFIHH
IBAN: FI25 8000 1700 0647 03, BIC: DABAFIHH
IBAN: FI70 5723 0220 4503 60, BIC: OKOYFIHH