Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya, Commander of the Army who served as Wanni Commander during Humanitarian Operations had the first-hand experience of witnessing the casualties, suffered by those War Heroes fighting against the war for separatism. This led to the birth of the ‘Abimansala’, the permanent wellness resort for rehabilitation of the injured at Anuradhapura as a conceptual notion of the Commander himself, with the launch of the ‘Brave Hearts’ project, meant for fund-raising and other preparations.
Soon after his assumption of office as Commander of the Army, he prioritized the devising of a special welfare programme, through which those injured War Heroes are taken care of and rehabilitated. Thus, the ‘Brave Hearts’ project initiated the construction work of these super-luxury type wellness resorts, replete with Hydrotherapy Units, Physiotherapy Units, Orthopedic Units, swimming pools, etc which are much-needed requirements for such War Heroes.
Arrangements are now underway to construct wellness resorts of this type at provincial levels.
With the blessings of His Excellency the President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the first state of the art wellness resort by the Nuwara Wewa lakeside was inaugurated at Anuradhapura with all infrastructure intact.
Likewise, the ‘Mihindu Seth Medura’ at Attidiya area under the auspices of Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Secretary Defence and Urban Development is now in operation with disable War Heroes of the Western Province. Maintenance of Attidiya ‘Mihindu Seth Medura’ was also afterwards entrusted to the Army.
The Army has identified 297 disable Army War Heroes in total, contrary to allegations and rumours being spread saying that there are 500 or more.
The 2nd project of this nature, commenced at Wilpitawatta, Kamburupitiya area is to be completed within a year.
Funds for successful conduct of these wellness resorts are generated through various projects, organized at Regimental levels under the direct patronage of the Seva Vanitha Army Branch and by the Regiments themselves. In addition, both local and overseas patriotic people and donors continue to provide financial assistance to the project. Attempts by various elements to claim the project as theirs amply testify to the success of the project.