Salko Bukvarević (20 April 1967 – 29 July 2020) was a Bosnian politician and soldier who served as the Minister for Veterans and Disabled Veterans.
In 1990, Bukvarević was one of the founders of the Party of Democratic Action. During the Yugoslav Wars he served in the Bosnian army and was one of the founders of the Patriotic League paramilitary unit. Following the war he served in multiple positions before being appointed as the Minister for Veterans and Disabled Veterans, which he served as from 2015 to his death in 2020.
1 Early life and education
Early life and education
Salko Bukvarević was born on 20 April 1967, in Gornje Hrasno, Kalesija, Socialist Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. In 1986, he graduated from high school in Tuzla. In 1996, he gradated from the Mining-Geological-Civil Engineering Faculty with an undergraduate degree, with a Master's degree in 2004, and a Doctorate in 2011. He later married and had two children.
From 1992 to 1995, Bukvarević served in the Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He was one of the founders of the Patriotic League paramilitary unit and received the unit's gold medal.
Bukvarević was one of the founders of the Party of Democratic Action in 1990. From 1996 to 1999, he served as a member of the Party of Democratic Action's presidency.
From 1995 to 1998, he served as the Secretary of the Tuzla Canton Committee inside the Party of Democratic Action. From 1998 to 2007, he served as the Director of the Public Facility Bosnian Cultural Center in the Tuzla Canton. From 2007 to 2010, he served as a representative in the Tulza Canton Assembly.
In 2015, Bukvarević was appointed to serve as the Minister for Veterans and Disabled Veterans.
In 2016, representatives of the Association of Demobilized Soldiers of the Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Croatian Defence Council protested for Bukvarević's resignation and created a resolution calling for the resolving the existential issues of the families of martyrs, war invalids, demobilized veterans and winners of the highest recognition and decorations. Bukvarević refused to resign stating that the organization was representative of less than ten percent of veterans.
On 22 July 2020, Bukvarević contracted COVID-19, was placed onto a ventilator on 28 July, and died on 29 July at the Clinical Center of the University of Sarajevo. On August 1, he will be buried in Džindić mosque in Tulza, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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