President Truong Tan Sang has praised efforts made by the Vietnam Ex-Youth Volunteers Association (VEYVA) in connecting thousands of members nationwide and supporting them in boosting economic development and acting as good examples for youngsters.

Working with VEYVA leaders on January 6, the President said he hopes that the association at all levels will continue promoting the campaign of following President Ho Chi Minh’s teachings and encouraging their descendants to actively join patriotism movements.

According to VEYVA Chairman Nguyen Anh Lien, after 10 years of operation, the association currently has nearly 370,000 members in 60 cities and provinces.

It has helped over 30,000 families of war invalids, martyrs and Agent Orange victims to get rid of poverty while supporting 10,000 former youth volunteers in overcoming difficulties, he said.

He also proposed that the Party and State to soon launch an own medal for ex-youth volunteers as well as design more support policies for those with extreme difficulties.

President Truong Tan Sang acknowledged the suggestions, asking ministries and sectors to pay more attention to assisting the ex-youth volunteers.-VNA