Maintain mental perseverance, Army chief to disabled soldiers
While speaking at a seminar on mental and physical issues of disabled soldiers, Rawat exhorted them to take psychiatric treatment to overcome the mental trauma faced after disability.
Lt Gen Bipin Puri, the Director General of the Armed Forces Medical Service, said the Artificial Limb Centre in Pune currently caters to the needs of the disabled soldiers, and five more such centres will be established in other parts of the country starting this year.
With the establishment of these five new centres, disabled soldiers from other parts of the country would not have to travel to Pune, Puri added.
On the occasion, Rawat recalled Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, saying the legendary solider kept his sense of humour alive even after being critically injured with seven bullets during the World War II.
"When the surgeon asked him what had happened to him, Manekshaw replied that he had been kicked by a donkey."
"The surgeon said if his sense of humour was intact despite taking seven bullets, then he will survive and rise to many a higher rank." Rawat said.
Manekshaw went on to head the Indian Army and was its chief during the India-Pakistan war in 1971.
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