Veterans in a fight for ‘fairness’

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WEST Yorkshire campaigners fighting for equal pension rights for ex-forces staff have won backing from the Royal British Legion.

Members of the Equality for Veterans Association (EVA) are hoping the support will help get a fairer deal for those who retired before 1975.

People who left the forces before April 1975, without serving the ‘full’ military career of 22 years, are not currently entitled to a pension – unlike those who served after 1975.

Regional organiser for West Yorkshire and ex-serviceman, Ron Barrow, of Stags Lane, Swarcliffe, Leeds, welcomed the support of the Legion.

“The more people we have backing our campaign, the better chance we’ve got of getting the government to listen,” he said.

Mr Barrow, 65, who served from 1965-1971 with the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, added: “We were paying money towards a pension but today we receive nothing.

“All we are asking for is the money we are rightly owed and for us to receive a pro-rata pension.”

The Royal British Legion accepted a motion at its national conference in May to support the drive.

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