Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Retirement

I support the practical approach to retirement for SA officers. Following years of active, unceasing service, a person can take time to do things and enjoy their journey at their own pace and volition. Officership itself does not discontinue. The role and ordination of the individual remains as does the commitment to God. Many retired officers are invigorated by this time in their life and I salute them.

Around the world TSA attempts to appropriately provide for their retired officers. It is not possible everywhere. As a result, there is a fund to better support these servants in a more consistent manner and to the level they need to live. You can contact your corps officer to help as God leads you. Some, with conviction, arrange for payroll deduction to help the cause. The retired officers I'm writing about are living in difficult circumstances often known as poverty.

Matthew 25:21 (NIV)
21 "His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'

3 comments:

Beijing said...

I feel very sorry for anyone living in poverty, it really is very sad.I guess it becomes a matter for the employing authority, what is and what is not possible. Perhaps the Army could consider the Marxist approach "From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs. I have sat in on some riots of banquets when leaders have roared out "A dangerous tendency has shown itself of late among many of our personnel -- an unwillingness to share the joys and hardships of the masses, a concern for personal fame and gain.-Chairman Mao" heady stuff for a Braybrook iron factory boy.

Anonymous said...

Observing this 'poverty' first hand in a GAT territory, I would encourage all to support the fund for retired officers. Some are struggling to live on 2-3USD a day and having territorial funded medical grant (limited) means those with long term illnesses struggle.

AL

John Duthie said...

In addition, how about reducing the amounts available to retirees in 1st would countries, and moving the funds to the 3rd world ? i.e share it around ?