84-Year Old Veteran Protests Denied Pension Claim

August 31, 2009 12:29 pm Last Updated: August 31, 2009 12:29 pm

Mr. Huang Ziping protests at major tourist attractions to inform people of his plight. (The Epoch Times)
Mr. Huang Ziping protests at major tourist attractions to inform people of his plight. (The Epoch Times)
Huang Ziping, 84 years old, an honored and decorated war veteran, can’t get over a sense of betrayal by his country’s regime. He has been appealing for an adequate pension that has been denied him for over the past 53 years.

Huang, who had fought in China during the 1950s in southwest Yunnan province, had won six service medals, and had received the award of “Special Hero” by the regime’s Central Military Committee. His military service ended in 1956 and he returned to his hometown in Guangxi province’s Sanhuang village to work as a farmer.

Huang Ziping’s son, Mr Huang Chunmei told the Epoch Times, “My father’s situation is really pitiful: now he can only rely on 282 yuan (approximately US$41) pension every month to live on.” The pension payments finally began in 2004, with just over one hundred yuan, and only increased beginning in 2009.

Huang Chunmei explained that between 1949 to 1956, when his father served in the army, he had won one first place award, two special awards, two major awards and one third place award. “According to the military’s own compensation policy, my father should be entitled to a deputy division level cadre’s benefits. His pension should be at least 8,000 to 9,000 yuan (approximately US$1,171 to 1,317) a month.”

Huang Ziping's detention document (The Epoch Times)
Huang Ziping's detention document (The Epoch Times)
After Huang Ziping learned of the policy, he went to a related local department to appeal. However, no one there showed any concern for his plight, until in September, 2008. Huang Chunmei explained: “My father and I went to Beijing to appeal. The local regime sent six people to Beijing to stop us from appealing. They said the matter would be resolved, as long as we agreed to return home.”

Both father and son were then brought back to their hometown. In December, 2008, Huang Chunmei was detained for 10 days, after he visited local authorities to request that they make good on the verbal proposal that all had agreed to when they were in Beijing.

When asked about his father’s current state of mind, his son replied: “Now my father is very old. Whenever he picks up the medals and recalls what had happened in the past, he thinks about what a pitiful life he has now, and sighs without stopping. He just wants an answer.”

Read the original Chinese article.