YEREVAN — The death toll of soldiers killed in the line of duty while defending Artsakh sadly to seems continue unabated a quarter of a century after Armenians there sought independence from Azeri rule.
Now, the government of Armenia has created a program to pay the families of soldiers injured or killed by Azerbaijan. The new entity, Insurance Foundation for Servicemen, went into effect on January 1, 2017.
A bill which lay the groundwork for this entity’s foundation was adopted in parliament last year.
The soldiers and families who are being helped currently are those that have been injured or killed in 2017, according to Varoujan Avedikian, the CEO of the foundation, as well as the head of the legal department of the Central Bank of Armenia.
Avedikian stressed that one of the factors setting this initiative apart from many others conducted by the government was its transparency. In fact, the fund’s website lists donations as well as expenditures in real time.
Avedikian explained that the amounts handed out vary for rank as well as death versus severity of injury, but are figures designed to allow survivors to lead comfortable lives, giving families about $120,0000 to $160,000.