Kupwara, 16 Dec 23: In a remarkable show of gratitude and solidarity, Vajr Division Kupwara of the Indian Army, hosted a stirring Ex-Servicemen (ESM) rally at Kupwara Zangli Garrison on 16 Dec 2023.

The rally was attended by more than 300 ex-servicemen, Veer Naris, War Widows and their dependents from Kupwara District gathered at the event. This rally served as a tribute to the valiant soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice during the 1971 Indo Pak War.
The rally was held on the occasion of Vijay Diwas reflecting its focus on connecting with
veterans and their families and addressing their various needs and concerns. Major General Girish Kalia, VSM General Officer Commanding Vajr Division personally interacted with the Veer Naris (war widows), Ex-Servicemen, and their dependents, underscoring the Indian Army’s unwavering support and commitment to their well-being. The GOC emphasized the Army’s goal of delivering quality healthcare, dignity, and effective problem- solving for Veer Naris, Veer Mats, and Veterans alike.

At the event, a multitude of facilitation stalls were set up, offering services Such as assistance with pensions, documentation, banking, welfare schemes, medical benefits, and
Aadhar cards. Several notable agencies participated, including Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme, helpline, Record Offices, and leading banks like State Bank of India, J&K Bank, HDFC Bank and ICICI Bank alongside representatives from the civil administration and District police Kupwara.

The rally served as a vital platform for veterans and their families to engage directly with
both military and civil authorities, resolving long-standing issues and grievances. The Indian
Army reiterated its commitment to ensuring the utmost care and support for the extended
family of veterans, pledging to address their needs promptly and compassionately.

The ESM rally was the cumination of an extensive effort by Indian Army’s Vajr Division
which diligently interacted with veterans to create a comprehensive database of grievances.
This data facilitated swift and efficient resolutions through multiple agencies during the rally, showcasing the Indian Army’s commitment to recognizing and honoring its veterans, fallen heroes, and their families for their unwavering loyalty and selfless service to the Nation.

The event concluded on a note of profound gratitude, with all attendees reassured that the nation and the Indian Army would forever remain indebted to their immense contributions.