ELIGIBILITY FOR AID FREEDOM TO CHOOSE WORK Parliamentary Reporter. WELLINGTON .this day. "Ex-prisoners of war of all arms of the services, irrespective of their medical grading, can apply for any form of rehabilitation assistance," said the Minister of Rehabilitation, Mr. Skinner. The Minister said it seemed advisable at this stage to clear up any misunderstanding on the subject, since there appeared to be some people who had gained a wrong impression.
"The policy in regard to all exprisoners of war will be to give them complete freedom of choice of employment in the same manner as it applies to down-graded personnel, said Mr. Skinner. "These men have gone through some tough experiences. It is up to us, Government and people alike, to do as much as is humanly possible to re-establish them in civil life. The sooner this is done the better. Most of them want to forget the past and concentrate on the future. If this can, to some extent, be accomplished through the benefits of rehabilitation, then it will be an accomplishment which the Rehabilitation Board and the Department will feel to have been well worth while. "The fact that they do not get an actual technical discharge from the services' authorities should not worry these men. Actually no man in the upper medical gradings gets his discharge until the war is over, and yet many of these are even now receiving rehabilitation assistance in cases where their technical obligations are no obstacle. The Government has decided that ex-prisoners of war will be free from manpower obligations and able to apply for all forms of assistance. That in itself is sufficient guarantee." It would assist toward the speedier settlement of individual cases if ex-prisoners of war made their applications for assistance before the expiry of their leave period, added the Minister. However, it was realised that many would wish to give the whole matter weighty consideration before taking any definite step. In all cases it would be a good suggestion to talk their problems over with the local rehabilitation officer or district committee.
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FORMER PRISONERS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 175, 26 July 1945
FORMER PRISONERS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 175, 26 July 1945
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