Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, who is also Secretary of the Party Central Committee’s Military Commission, on December 2 sent a letter of congratulations to members of the Veterans’ Association of Vietnam (VAVN) on the association’s 25th founding anniversary (December 6, 1989-2014) and its fifth patriotic emulation congress.

In his letter, the Party leader described the anniversary and the congress as important events of the Vietnam People’s Army as well as of war veterans, ex-soldiers, and people nationwide.

He added the VAVN has been developing and operating in an active and effective manner over the last 25 years with such notable activities as educating its members on patriotism, fighting against sabotage plots of hostile forces, and engaging in socio-economic development, security, defence and diplomatic activities.

Since Vietnam will see both opportunities and challenges in the years to come, the association needs to intensify the dissemination of the Party’s guidelines and the State’s policies and laws to its members, foster the patriotic emulation movement, and further involve in socio-economic development, he said.

The Party chief expressed his belief that the VAVN will uphold its attainments and make even greater strides in the coming time.

The same day, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung received delegates attending the VAVN’s fifth patriotic emulation congress.-VNA