Sacked LGBT veterans can reclaim lost medals

Ex-military personnel dismissed from the armed forces because of their sexuality can now reclaim lost medals. Under a new scheme to remedy historical injustices, former service personnel can apply to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to restore honours. It follows Falklands veteran Joe Ousalice’s successful battle to return awards he lost after being forced out of the Royal Navy for being bisexual.

The MoD said its past actions were “deeply regrettable”. A ban on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people serving in the armed forces was lifted in 2000.Defence minister Baroness Goldie explained that, due to disciplinary action and subsequent dismissal, some service personnel “forfeited medals that they had earned” or lost out on long service awards.

“I am very pleased now to be in a position to address this wrong and to invite any personnel affected or, in some circumstances, the families of those who are deceased to apply to have their medals returned,” she said.

Mr Ousalice led a campaign to restore the Long Service and Good Conduct medal and three Good Conduct badges he gave up after his 18-year service as a radio operator ended in his dismissal in 1993.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-56079009

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