HA NOI (VNS) — Over 8,000 cases of unidentified war martyrs
have been referred to the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social
Affairs for DNA testing to establish a link to their alleged families.
Speaking on the occasion of commemorating the 68th
war invalid and patriotic martyr day (27 July, 1947 – 27 July, 2015),
Minister Pham Thi Hai Chuyen said the ministry had co-operated with
three genetic analysis centres, the Institute of Biotechnology, the
Institute of Biochemical and Professional Documents, and the National
Institute of Forensic Medicine, to take samples of these cases to
analyse their genes.
The ministry has managed to take 2,000 samples of the
relatives of martyrs, which were delivered by the Viet Nam Martyrs'
Families Support Association. These samples have been analysed and
showed initial results.
The Government's approval of upgrading the three genetic
analysis centres would facilitate the process, so more martyrs can be
identified and returned to their families, Chuyen said.
With regard to former military personnel who died during the
resistance war against the US, Chuyen said the Party and State had
always accepted their responsibility and created supportive policies for
these people. The Government has assigned the Ministry of Defence to
make lists of beneficiaries.
In terms of the next generation of war martyrs, the Party's
preferential treatment for the children of war martyrs during their
study time has been implemented and includes financial assistance to buy
books annually or a school fee exemption.
Chuyen also said that the war had been over for a long time,
but its heavy influence still remained, as proven by victims of Agent
Orange (dioxin victims). The Government has specific policies in place
for those directly involved in the war who were affected by Agent Orange
and for their children.
People directly involved in areas affected by Agent Orange
suffered from any of up to 17 kinds of diseases. After being assessed,
they receive support accordingly. Their children, who suffered from
physical abnormalities, were also eligible under the policy.
Currently, the third generation of war martyrs who suffered
from dioxin is not on the list for receiving assistance. The ministry
will propose that the Government take comments from related agencies to
produce specific studies on the impact of the hazardous substance on the
third generation. — VNS