Prime Minister Hun Sen announced yesterday that 200 houses had been given by senior government officials to the families of veteran soldiers stationed along the Cambodian-Vietnamese border in Svay Rieng province.
General Kun Kim, deputy commander-in-chief of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, said the houses given to the veterans’ families are six and a half metres wide and seven metres long, with accompanying land 40 metres wide and 50 metres long.
“Mr Hun Sen and his wife have always been concerned with veterans’ welfare, and these houses were dedicated specifically for veterans by the Prime Minister,” Gen Kim said.
The families of former members of the armed forces that were granted the houses include relatives of soldiers, police officers, military police officers, and families that had a member die during military service.
Land Management Minister Chea Sophara said that due to the attention of the Prime Minister to the armed forces and their families as well as retired soldiers, he was personally assigned to collaborate with local authorities to build the houses and facilitate the process.
“We have achieved nearly 100 percent of the construction process, and we still have plans for new projects and infrastructures,” he said.
Mr Sophara added that the families who received houses would help the local economy through farming and livestock breeding.
So far, 830 houses have been given to veterans’ families.