Army Commander Lt. Gen. Daya Ratnayake yesterday said that no country in the world has done so much work for the welfare of service personnel than Sri Lanka.
He said even developed countries have failed to provide a service to the ex - servicemen and they are compelled to seek assistance from various charities.
"In contrast, the Government provides all facilities required for the welfare and well-being of valiant soldiers who made a great contribution to the country," he said.
He said that the new military hospital with ultra-modern facilities is the best gift that the country can give to the servicemen who made many sacrifices for the sake of country.
Addressing the opening of the country's first military hospital at Narahenpita, the Army Commander said that President Mahinda Rajapaksa on hearing that the artificial legs and limbs were substandard, ordered the Army to import high quality products which were estimated to cost Rs.500 million.
He said that President who was mindful of the sacrifices made by the valiant soldiers for the country, allocated Rs.680 million for the project.
He said this hospital was designed and constructed by the Sri Lanka Army.
"The country succeeded in eradicating terrorism that plagued us for over three decades due to the commitment and dedication of the brave soldiers. He said that over 24,000 soldiers made the supreme sacrifice for the nation while 30,000 service personnel were disabled in the fight against terrorism.
The Commander added that the Government allocated Rs.6.5 billion for the project which was carried out by the 8th Engineering Services Regiment.
"The manpower for the project was borne by the Sri Lanka Army and the project cost would have risen to Rs.10 billion with manpower," he said.
He said that the people will always be grateful to the soldiers who eradicated the most ruthless terrorist outfit in the world.