The Argentine Senate unanimously (58/58) passed a bill with a special pensions' scheme, described as exceptional and optional for those citizens who were involved in the Malvinas war. The vote was cheered by the veterans present at the session's discussion.
The exceptional pension scheme benefit is extensive to all those citizens who participated in war actions between 2 April and 14 June 1982 in the Malvinas Operations theatre, or were involved in combat actions in the area covered by the South Atlantic Operations theatre
The bill also contemplates civilians on service or support of any of the two operations' theatres.
However to have access to the benefit veterans must be 53 years or older and have contributed to the national integrated pensions' system, SIPA.
The bill had been approved by the Lower House last October and sponsored by Kirchnerite lawmakers Guillermo Carmona and Araceli Ferreyra. It now has to be signed or amended and sent back to congress by president Macri.