Before 1962 Uganda had a history of helping veterans
civilian society, but postindependence governments
these programs. Following World War II, the government had
veterans pensions and granted them a one-year exemption
taxes. It also had created a committee to help veterans
to civilian life. The Civil Reabsorption and
Committee provided teacher training programs and
instruction in a
variety of trades. The government also helped veterans
small businesses by providing subsidies for initial
merchandise. In addition, volunteer members of the Uganda
Memorial Committee and the British Legion helped pay
for children of veterans. Old soldiers' homes provided
facilities for some aged and disabled veterans.
Veterans did not play an organized role in Uganda's
independence movement or in the country's social and
life after independence, and veterans lost most of their
privileges. Economic development needs, political
and continuing insurgencies in northern and eastern Uganda
prevented the organization of veterans groups in the late
but President Museveni promised to improve veterans'
once stability had been restored.
Data as of December 1990