AFL Gives ‘Gratuity’ to Relatives of Fallen Soldiers

first_imgThe hierarchy of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) has presented checks to family members of soldiers who died while on active duty. The ceremony, which took place recently at the Barclay Training Center (BTC), the home of the Army, brought together 20 beneficiaries to receive their government ‘gratuity’ checks. The amount, in US dollars, on each check was written based on the length of time each deceased soldier served in the army.Beneficiaries of the late soldiers who received their ‘cash’ benefits included widows and next of kin (NOK).Prior to the presentation ceremony, AFL Chief of Personnel Major Daniel Holman told the beneficiaries that the amounts represented monies the military hierarchy had set aside from the salary of each soldier for unforeseen circumstances. “Today, you will receive that amount based on the length of time your sons, husbands and loved ones stayed in the army. Nearly all of you may not receive big amounts as everyone in this present Army has not stayed more than 10 years. But we just want to say that the AFL appreciates what your husbands, brothers and sons did for the Army and their country,” Maj. Holman told the beneficiaries.AFL Command Sergeant Major Cooper Manqueh told the NOKs that the Army was giving the little tokens, “because of the valuable services their husbands, sons and brothers rendered their nation.”“We are sorry for the loss of your sons, brothers and husbands. The amounts cannot bring back life, but we just want to say that this nation appreciates the sacrifices your loved ones made for the Army and Liberia,” he added. Deputy Chief of Staff of the AFL Brigadier General Prince C. Johnson III added his voice to previous speakers by also thanking the beneficiaries for their loved ones’ services to the Army and the nation. “We cannot pay for their lives. We all came as volunteers into the Army. They served well. This is life. The One who gives is the same who takes away. On behalf of the President and Commander-In-Chief (CIC) of the AFL, the Minister of Defense and the Chief of Staff, Major General Daniel Zainkahn, we have come to appreciate the commitment from our fallen heroes and heroines, which remained irreplaceable,” B/Gen. Johnson said. “What you are going to receive cannot replace your deceased loved ones, but just to show that we appreciate the services of your husbands, sons and daughters while serving the military.” He expressed the hope that some of the children of the fallen heroes and heroines will follow their footsteps and join the Army. Noticeable among the beneficiaries was Mrs. Leona Dennis, widow of the late Deputy Chief of Staff, Colonel Eric W. Dennis, who passed away in his 48th year on August 8, 2016, from “respiratory congestion” at the Duside Hospital in Firestone, where he was seeking medical treatment following a period of illness. “On behalf of all the beneficiaries, I want to say a very big thank you to the senior authority of the AFL. For some of us today is a goodbye after we get our benefits. However, this is not a goodbye for me. As my family has always been with the Army, I will always be around the AFL,” Mrs. Dennis said.She was especially full of praises for Maj/Gen. Ziankahn for what she said was his personal support to her family when her husband died. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgSinn Féin Councillor Noel Jordan has today welcomed the announcement that the Cleary Centre will this month complete the move of its services to the recently refurbished Victor Building premises next to Donegal Town’s Craft Village.The centre, which has provided services for people with intellectual disabilities in south Donegal for more than twenty years, will now accommodate all existing service users at the new facility following approval having been granted by the HSE earlier this year to lease the premises.Cllr Jordan said: “The hard fought campaign by the Parents’ and Friends’ Association of the Cleary Centre to allow for service users to be relocated to a more suitable facility was a huge achievement when it was first confirmed last February.“For over two decades, the centre has offered exceptional care and services to people with intellectual disabilities in the south of the county and has been a great source of support for them and their families“I am now delighted that it’s been announced that the relocation of these services, which were previously housed in the Cleary Centre building, will now be transferred to the Victor Building Complex and that the move will be completed this month.“This is a fantastic result for the Parents and Friends’ group and all those who campaigned strongly for this move to take place, and I want to take this opportunity to wish them and the staff every success in their new surroundings. “Now that this service transfer has almost been completed, I will once again be raising the need for officials in Donegal County Council to re-examine the possibility of improving access for service users to the facility following my motion earlier this year in which I called on the authority to address the need to improve the footpath out to the new facility for the benefit of all those using the service.”CLEARY CENTRE ALL SET FOR MOVE TO NEW PREMISES was last modified: June 14th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CLEARY CENTREDonegal Townlast_img read more