According to social research, almost 50% of veterans in Russia need social support. That’s about 200,000 people. The reason for this is believed to be that there is no centralized, systemic solution to the problem in the Russian state. Veterans, in fact, are on the provision of their relatives, loved ones and sick people.
pensions of Russian veterans are much lower than those of war participants in other countries. Monthly payments to veterans in Russia amount to less than 30 thousand rubles. According to the data of the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation, the average amount of their pension is 26,940 rubles Taking into account additional material support, the average monthly cash income of veterans of the Great Patriotic War is 27 thousand 864 rubles, and widows of the dead servicemen receive 25 thousand 21 ruble.
In major Russian cities, war participants receiving such a pension have to be very difficult, given the current prices of goods and services JKH. Some retirees still do not have their own homes, and a large portion of the funds they receive go to medical care and medical supplies.
Yet the life of veterans has and quite many light moments. They are hugely respected in society. They are especially warmly congratulated on Victory Day, May 9, as well as on other days of military glory of Russia. Veterans become the main guests and spectators of military parades and festive events, they are dedicated concerts and given valuable gifts. Especially for veterans in the country there are various social benefits.
Unlike Russia, war veterans in Germany receive a pension of at least 1000 euros per month, which in translation to rubles is approximately 40 thousands. In addition, the monthly pension of German veterans can reach 8 thousand euros depending on the rank of the former soldier and on his combat “merit”. In France, veterans have a benefit. The pension is more than 6,000 euros per year, which becomes quite a good benefit. And annual payments to UK veterans equate to $9,500. They can be added weekly additional social payments and various other privileges.
Most European countries, unlike Russia, celebrate World War II Victory Day on May 8. On this day various events are held in the main squares of the cities. Veterans themselves actively take part in military parades, who are greeted with joy and pride by descendants.