"It is a source of satisfaction for the Ministry of Defense, in a society where there is so little generosity, in which criticism, disqualification and lack of construction are imposed, that there are associations like this," he said.

"We have to continue advancing on issues such as the disability of military and civil guards; in all that is to improve the conditions of the Armed Forces," the minister reiterated, emphasizing the commitment of her Department in this area.

"That is why the Culture of Defense is so important, because Spanish society has to recognize every day the work carried out by the Armed Forces and that their men and women, regardless of their situation, are the best example for the Spain we want. A Spain we all trust, we all want it to be better and have that leadership in Europe, "Robles said.

For his part, the president of ACIME, Manuel Molinero, has indicated that the advances in the matter of disability of the Armed Forces have been significant, highlighting the implementation of the Comprehensive Support Plan, the creation of the Office of Disability Assistance or improvements in legislative matters.

However, Molinero has affirmed that "we cannot fall into complacency" and stressed that "there is still a long way to go to achieve full inclusion and fully adapt ourselves to the map of persons with disabilities".

During the day, the Map of Military Disability and the most relevant statistics in this area compiled by the Office of Disability Assistance in the Armed Forces (OADISFAS) was presented.

According to this study, the retired military for disability who receive a pension are 11,353, of which 97.3% are men and the rest women.

Andalusia is the autonomous community with the highest number of military personnel retired due to disability, while, by armies, it is that of Tierra that has the most troops withdrawn for this reason.

During the seminar, which will conclude tomorrow, the progress made will be presented and the needs of military personnel with disabilities will be analyzed in order to establish a program for reinstatement in the future. In addition, there will be a specific debate on women with disabilities within the Armed Forces.

The Ministry of Defense, with its support for this seminar, helps to make visible military disability before the whole of Spanish society and to value those military who survived a disability during their stay in the Armed Forces.

Also present at the ceremony were the Secretary of State for Defense, Ángel Olivares; the undersecretary of Defense, Alejo de la Torre; the Secretary General of Defense Policy, Admiral Juan Francisco Martínez Núñez; the president of ACIME, Manuel Molinero Ruano; and the director of the IHCM, General of Enrique Bohigas Division.

In defense of the military with disabilities

The Spanish Association of Military and Civil Guards with disabilities (ACIME) works for the defense of the rights of those military or civil guards who, being at the service of the State Security Forces and Corps, have acquired a disability that occurred in the act of service or in circumstances beyond it.

With more than 3000 associates throughout Spain, it has delegations in all the Autonomous Communities.

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