Saturday, August 19, 2017

Yekaterinburg awards grant to honor fallen soldiers in Russian-Afghan conflict

The Administration of Yekaterinburg recently awarded a grant to the Russian Union of Afghan Veterans for a multi-faceted community service project honoring Soviet veterans who served in Afghanistan.

In February, the union will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the withdrawal of Soviet forces from Afghanistan with a reception for combat veterans and their families. The grant funding will also allow the union to organize tours of the Winged Guards and Shuravi military museums for current school students. In lieu of the museums' usual docents, the special student tours will be conducted by Russian veterans who will offer their unique experiences during the tour, Ekburg.ru reports.

The Russian Union of Afghan Veterans was created in 1991 by the Russian Board of Mothers of Fallen Soldiers. With a current membership of 130, the union offers both legal and counseling services and other forms of assistance to veterans of the Russian-Afghan conflict.