LAB and RSLAF agree to work to improve the lives of retired military officers
Friday, 13 April 2018: The Executive Director of the Legal Aid Board, Ms. Fatmata Claire Carlton-Hanciles has said the Board is ready to work with the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) to improve the lives of retired army officers especially those who were wounded while serving the country in the decade-long civil conflict. She made the remark during a courtesy call on the Chief of Defence Staff, Lt. General Brima Sesay. (Photo: Representatives of LAB and RSLAF at the meeting)
Ms. Carlton-Hanciles said retired military officers have been visiting the office in Freetown in their numbers to seek assistance with their welfare. She noted that most have been in a deplorable condition especially those who were wounded in the war. ‘They complain of lack of basic necessities of life,’ she said, adding ‘We will discuss the specifics in the near future but for now we would like to familiarize with your office and also try to establish a working relationship,’ she said.
Lt. General Brima Sesay welcomed Ms. Carlton-Hanciles and team and noted that the RSLAF is ready to work with the Board to improve the lives of retired military officers. He said he is aware of the challenges retired military officers face. This includes senior officers who are finding it extremely difficult to make end meets and have therefore resorted to jobs that do not befit their status.
He noted that he receives regular visits from retired military officers who come to explain about life in retirement. He added that from time to time he has used his own personal resources to help.
The nominee for Deputy Minister of Defence, Brig. (Rtd) Simeon Sheriff hailed the visit and pledged to work with the Board when he takes up office.
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