About 43,000 of the 280,000 Holocaust survivors now living in Israel meet the legal criteria for individuals requiring chronic care, according to figures released Sunday by the Holocaust Survivors’ Welfare Fund.

The release of the data came one day before Monday’s IDF’s Salute to Holocaust Survivors, when Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Dan Halutz and 2,000 soldiers will visit thousands of survivors who have no family.

For the second year in a row, soldiers will visit the homes and care facilities where the survivors live and present them with certificates honoring them.

“The State of Israel has until now focused largely on the victims of the Holocaust and less on those who remained alive,” Welfare Fund CEO Dov Arbel said. “We view this event as correcting a great historical injustice to the survivors, many of whom were subjected to humiliating treatment by the Israeli society that absorbed them.”

According to figures announced by fund chairman Zeev Factor, between 20 and 30 percent of the approximately 280,000 Holocaust survivors living in Israel today struggle financially. Approximately 80,000 Israel survivors received a one-time payment from the fund to pay for such basic needs as a chronic caregiver, dentures, hearing aids, eyeglasses and medicines. About 10,000 survivors whose situation is particularly difficult receive regular aid from the fund. Of these, 75 percent are widowed, single or divorced and the great majority are 81 or older.

The Holocaust Survivors Welfare Fund was established by survivor organizations in the late 1990s. Over 90 percent of the fund’s budget comes from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against German, the New York-based umbrella organization for Jewish survivors.

The Finance Ministry recently announced that it will double its contribution to the Welfare Fund, from NIS 7 million to NIS 14 million, after the fund’s managers said it would have to stop providing aid to thousands of needy survivors due to a budget shortfall.

The fund is requesting an annual contribution of NIS 50 million from the treasury, Arbel said. “We must remember that we’re speaking about the immediate needs of people who will not be with us in a few years,” he said.