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 Signal Corps War Hero Accepts Seva Vanitha Built New Home

2014-02-14 12:55:07

Ladies in the Seva Vanitha organizations in the Army, taking the lead in providing the maximum possible welfare services to affected War Heroes, continue their ‘good Samaritan’ roles, away from Colombo suburbs too.

Major General E.P. de Z. Abeysekara, Deputy Chief of Staff on Navam Full Moon Poya Day (14) at the invitation of Mrs Sandamali Abeysekara, Chairperson, Sri Lanka Signal Corps (SLSC) Seva Vanitha Unit, went to Thalawa, Anuradhapura to hand over one more new house to the War Hero, Lance Corporal C.R.S.P. Naleen Kumara of 7 SLSC who remains visually-handicapped with zero vision after he fell victim to a LTTE booby trap in Nochchikulam area in 2008 when the war was at its peak.

Religious observances, coupled with old rites and traditional rituals, held in connection with Friday’s opening of the new house, built by Army engineers with the sponsorship, provided by the SLSC Seva Vanitha Unit, saw the new house and its inmates blessed before the key to it, was handed over symbolically by Major General E.P. de Z. Abeysekara as the Chief Guest.

Married to Ms H.M Buddhika of Udupussellawa, Nuwara Eliya, the War Hero, Lance Corporal C.R.S.P Naleen Kumara is blessed with a 2 ½ year old infant, but absence of a proper house, posed a major setback to their life.

The SLSC Seva Vanitha Unit having learnt the difficulties, the family has been facing, came forward to build a new house to the visually impaired War Hero who while facing the enemy in Nochchikulam area on 25 July 2008, fell victim to an LTTE booby trap and suffered serious burnt injuries to his face, making him totally blind for the rest of his life.

Though he failed to see his fiancée through naked eye before they legally became husband and wife, they both went ahead with their wedded life, resulting in the birth of the infant, Dilshan Gunaratne on 16 July 2011.

Mrs Sandamali Abeysekara, Chairperson, SLSC Seva Vanitha Unit, using the 40 perch land that had been given to the War Hero by his parents, finally laid the foundation stone on 31 October 2012 for construction of this new house to the disable War Hero.

With the support of sponsors and other supporters to the project, the SLSC Seva Vanitha Unit in order to immortalize their tale of ‘unseen love’ completed the construction of a modern house to the War Hero.

Major General E.P. de Z. Abeysekara, Deputy Chief of Staff, Executive Members of the Army Seva Vanitha Unit, senior officers and a large gathering of the recipient’s and his spouse’s relatives were present during the house-warming ceremony.

See previous News Features story “Signal Corps Seva Vanitha to Gift A New House to a War Hero Family Appreciating Their ‘Unseen Love" on 5th February 2014.

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