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The E-Sylum: Volume 11, Number 26, June 29, 2008, Article 28

IN PROTEST, GURKHA VETERANS RETURN THEIR VICTORIA CROSS MEDALS

The Daily Express (whose modest slogan is "The World's Greatest Newspaper") published an article Thursday about a protest at 10 Downing Street in London, where war Veterans handed in their Victoria Cross medals, saying they "were no longer proud to wear them." That's one expensive protest, given the high prices paid for VCs on the secondary market. -Editor
Gurkha veterans marched to Downing Street yesterday to demonstrate against the sickening treatment of thousands of the retired soldiers.

Thirteen warriors, led by Victoria Cross hero Tul Bahadur Pun, handed back their war medals, claiming they were no longer proud to wear them.

Many held up pictures of the Victoria Cross with the slogan Retired Gurkhas Let Us Live Here.

The 22,000 Gurkhas who retired before 1997 are still denied British citizenship meaning they cannot work, use the NHS or claim benefits.

Many struggle to survive on a pension of 100-135 a month about a quarter of what a British soldier gets and are forced to rely on friends to feed and house them.

To read the complete article, see: GURKHAS HAND BACK MEDALS IN DISGUST (http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/49876/Gurkhas-hand-back-medals-in-disgust-)



Wayne Homren, Editor

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