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Introduction
The War Wounded Foundation was incorporated in August 2002, with the intention of creating long- term avenues for the financial independence of all war – wounded personnel of the Army, Navy and the Air Force. There are nearly 30,000 war - wounded personnel in our country, scattered in different parts of India . On account of the heavy involvement of the defence forces, especially the Army, in major counter – insurgent and counter – terrorist operations in many parts of the country, there is a constant addition to the number of such personnel. The war wounded hail from all states and union territories. The work of the War Wounded Foundation is thus on an all – India basis.


The War Wounded Foundation has been set up as an autonomous organization to assist war wounded personnel in leading useful & productive lives and becoming financially independent.

Membership of the Foundation is voluntary and free of any charges. The office bearers of the war wounded foundation work purely in an honorary capacity and receive no emoluments whatsoever .

The foundation is a registered charitable society. It gets no funds from any government source. It carries out its activities with the help of donations from individuals, associations, institutions and organizations.

 

Aim

Our aim is to ensure that war wounded personnel become productive citizens by participating in the economic development of the Nation. At the same time, they must be able to supplement their pension, including disability pension.
 
Modus Operandi

As the bulk of our troops hail from rural areas, they prefer to return to their roots after their service in the defence forces and are not inclined to take up jobs in cities. Having recognized this reality, our initial focus was to obtain retail outlets/sub dealerships for them, in products that had a rural market. Thus, we were able to generate self-employment for the war-disabled personnel in or close to their villages. The personnel, having become ‘soldier entrepreneurs’ were able to earn commissions on products sold. This enabled them to supplement their income from pension. We were thus able to assist nearly 100 war-disabled personnel to get outlets. However, after a few years, lesser number of war-disabled personnel were keen to become ‘soldier entrepreneurs’, as it did not appeal to their ethos as soldiers. In addition, the wholesalers appointed by the corporate houses did not support them fully.

With a view to meet the aspirations of the war-disabled personnel, the Foundation then switched its activities to imparting ‘skills’ to them. We initially focused on skills like computer training, spoken English, repairs of small items like TV, radios, cycles etc. Depending on the feedback, we have now made the ’skills’ open-ended, to include driving training and in other fields that appeal to these personnel.

As some of the older war-disabled personnel were reluctant to learn new skills, we opened the field to their wards also, so that the financial position of these personnel improved through their sons and daughters. This has now become our major focus, as acquisition of new skills appeals to the war-disabled personnel.

The Foundation is also committed to assist our veterans in resolving their personal problems with relevant Government/ Semi- Government / financial / pension/ medical authorities.

 
Focus
The aim of the war wounded foundation also coincides with the added focus of both the central and state governments on “Rural India”. The corporate sector too is now increasingly shifting its sights to rural areas in general and rural markets in particular, as 60 to 70 per cent of our population still lives in rural areas and is waiting to share the benefits of the vibrant economy of the country.
 
Vision
The vision of the War Wounded Foundation is to dot the countryside of the Nation with self – confident, enterprising, diligent and honest ‘soldier- entrepreneurs', who despite their disabilities continue to do their bit for nation- building and the prosperity of our nation.

Besides joining the mainstream of our society, these ‘soldier - entrepreneurs' will not only have a useful and honourable place in society, but will enjoy mental peace and motivate the youth of India
 
 
 
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