The Straits Times
Published on Dec 17, 2012

Injured serviceman: What's the rehabilitation plan?


IT IS regrettable that Military Expert 2 Jason Chee Weng Fai, one of the Singapore Armed Forces' navy servicemen, was hurt in an unfortunate accident ("SAF man critically hurt in ship mishap"; last Tuesday).

Although there will be insurance payouts, will his lifelong financial needs be adequately taken care of in the long run?

Will the payouts be pegged to inflation, and if not, should they be so?

Also, what efforts (besides financial and rehabilitative) are in place to help critically injured soldiers continue to lead lives of normalcy?

Are current efforts adequate in the long run and sufficient in scope?

Karl Marx once said that there is a human need to be productive and to do work that would be enjoyable.

Are there plans in place to help injured soldiers regain employment? It is important to have long-term plans for recuperation.

People from all walks of life may fall through the cracks. With sound policies, intervention and continued effort, they may continue to lead lives of near normalcy.

Chang Jian Feng