Veteran battles on for military pension
The Herald|December 17, 2021
90-YEAR-OLD IS IN NEED OF HELP WITH CARE HOME COST
ALEX GREEN

A 90-YEAR-OLD veteran who served his country in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary is fighting for a pension he has been refused because his ten-year service record was short by just 20 days.

Former Royal Fleet Auxiliary Commander Gordon Thomas, who now lives in a care home in Plympton, has been left devastated after he was refused his pension that he says is ‘owed to him.

Despite having served his country, Gordon is fighting tooth and nail to secure a pension for his service. That is because, in order to be eligible for a pension, Gordon had to have served ten years - something he was just 20 days short of.

However, Gordon said that, after leaving the RFA initially, he returned and was deployed to the Suez Canal during the crisis in 1956, as well as a redeployment in the North Atlantic during a fishing rights dispute with Iceland.

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