Red Party manages to get parliamentary majority behind better support for injured veterans

Norwegian soldierPhoto: PRT Meymaneh / Scanpix
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The Red Party (Rødt) managed to secure a majority in the Norwegian parliament (Storting) for several measures aimed at improving the care of injured veterans.

“We are very happy for the breakthrough in this issue,” Red Party leader Bjørnar Moxnes told news bureau NTB.

A united Storting, including the governing parties, now supports the Red Party’s proposal that veterans who have been on assignment abroad for Norway should not fear losing compensation due to obsolescence.

Additionally, the entire Storting agreed that decisions on compensation should be based on medical assessments.

Legal aid

The biggest ambiguity surrounded the issue of cuts in legal aid for veterans. 

But the Progress Party’s (FRP) Morten Wold confirms that there was also a majority for the Red Party’s proposal on this point since FRP joined forces with the Labor Party, the Center Party, and the Socialist Left.

“We have gone in and supported everything. This is what the veterans deserve. We must have respect for the veterans and what they have done for us,” he told NTB.

As for legal aid, the government is being asked to “ensure that the current scheme for financing legal aid for veterans, including legal assistance and travel expenses, is maintained.”

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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