PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc speaks at the ceremony.

He asked the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee, the Vietnam Ex-Youth Volunteers Association, and related agencies to care for the lives of ex-youth volunteers and promote the operational efficiency of the force in the new era.

"We should not let any ex-youth volunteer live in poverty," the PM said, stressing that attention should be paid to not only ex-youth volunteers themselves but also their children.

He ordered a review of policies on youth volunteers to facilitate the force's participation in socio-economic development activities, especially in remote, border, island, and underprivileged areas, the PM said.

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc inquires after a former youth volunteer. Photo: VGP

He urged all-level Party committees, authorities, the HCM Communist Youth Union, and related organizations to better their communications efforts and teaching the young generation about patriotism.

The PM expressed his hope that Vietnamese youth will prove their role in national construction and defense with various revolutionary movements.

On this occasion, 70 outstanding youth volunteers from different periods who greatly contributed to the development of their locality and unit were honored.

Some 70 savings books and 21 houses were also presented to ex-youth volunteers now in difficult circumstances.

Statistics show that more than 6,700 youth volunteers laid down their lives during wartime while over 40,400 were wounded and some 14,000 affected by Agent Orange/dioxins.

Source: VNA