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Veterans Administration, Ghana (VAG)

Veterans Administration, Ghana (VAG) formerly Ghana Legion is an Association of Veterans (ex-servicemen and women) who served in the Gold Cost Regiment (before Independence) and the Ghana Armed Forces (after Independence) and were honorably released.
The Association is the sole body recognized by the government of Ghana as representing the interest of all veterans.
The original association, the Gold Coast Legion (changed to Ghana Legion on attainment of Independence I- 1957) was established in 1944 as a Branch of the British Empire Services League now Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League.
With the then Governor Sir Alan Burns as the first patron it had predominantly expatriate officials at the core of administration as Council members.
Membership was open to both locals and expatriates with offices at the principal towns of Accra, Kumasi, Sekondi, Cape Coast, Koforidua and Tamale.

The objects of the Gold Coast Legion were as follows:

  1. To establish comradeship between and grant assistance to Ex-Servicemen, both European and African.
  2. To give advice to Ex-Servicemen.
  3. To represent the interest of Ex-Servicemen and their dependents
    vi-à-vis the Government.
  4. To provide legal aid to Ex-Servicemen when necessary.
  5. To do all such other things as may be incidental or conducive to attaining the above objects and to promote generally the interests of the Empire.
  6. Earlier in the early 1930s an Ex-Servicemen

Objective

The main objective is the promotion of unity among veterans, fostering the spirit of comradeship and ensuring social and economic wellbeing and welfare of its members, especially the aged, disabled, the infirm and the destitute.

Vision

To provide a total caring administration which ensures a smooth transition from active military service to a peaceful civilian life in retirement.

Mission

To promote the welfare and well-being of Veterans and their dependants.

Legal Authority

The veterans administration, Ghana draws its mandate from VETERANS ADMINISTRATION, GHANA, Acts, 2012(ACT 844).

Functions

The administration shall ensure proper attention to the welfare of military veterans honorably released and see to the maintenance and comfort of those who require special attention particularly, the disabled, the sick, aged, the infirm, the needy and the destitute. It shall organize and establish and regulate regional, district and local administration at convenient centers throughout the country; raise and mobilized funds to assist the sick, the aged, the disabled, the infirm and the destitute.

Auditing

VAG accounts are subject to regular auditing at both National and Regional Levels by the Auditor General’s Department and the Audit Team from the Ministry of defence (MOD).

Government Board

The Governing Board of the Administration is a Board consisting of a chairperson, who is a General Armed Forces who has been honorably released and nominated by the Minister for Defence.  Other persons include; the Director of Veterans Affairs at the Ministry of Defence, the Director of Legal Service of the Ghana Armed Forces and others from the Ministry of Employment and Social Services and five representatives of the Administration elected by the Council of Regional Chairpersons; and the Executive Director of the Administration.

Organization

The Headquarters is co-located with the Ghana Immigration Service Headquarters near the Ako Adjei Interchange on the Independence Avenue.  The Headquarters is manned by the Executive Director and staff officers who run the day to Administration.

Regional District & Local Administration

The Governing Board of the Administration is a Board consisting of a chairperson, who is a General Armed Forces who has been honorably released and nominated by the Minister for Defence.  Other persons include; the Director of Veterans Affairs at the Ministry of Defence, the Director of Legal Service of the Ghana Armed Forces and others from the Ministry of Employment and Social Services and five representatives of the Administration elected by the Council of Regional Chairpersons; and the Executive Director of the Administration.

Affiliation

VAG is affiliated to the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League (RCEL) with Head Office in London and the World Veterans Federation (WVF) based in Paris.  It is also a member of (SCAA) of the World Veterans Federation which is based in Abuja, Nigeria.. Aside these international affiliated bodies, the veterans Administration enjoys the company of two NGOS; namely Forces Help Ghana (FHG) and the Armed Forces Childrens’ Association (AFCA)

Forces Help Ghana (FHG) |  Armed Forces Children Association (AFCA)