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British veteran fights back tears as he admits he ‘thought about handing medal back’


David Lammy has heard for a distraught Afghanistan veteran who feels like handing back his medal from the war in the wake of the Taliban takeover in the country. Former soldier Tom, who fought against the Taliban as part of the Parachute Regiment in Afghanistan, appeared on the verge of tears as he discussed the situation with the Labour MP on LBC. The veteran compared his feeling on the Afghan medal to those won by previous generations in World War II and the Falklands War.

“I am not really one to…I don’t describe myself well I don’t try to describe myself as a veteran too much, I only really wear a poppy” the ex-Para told Lammy on LBC.

“But the other day like I dug out by Afghanistan medal and I just looked at it and I felt maybe I should hand it back.

“Just because when you see the old boys and they have their World War II medals like they liberated Berlin.

Referring to Falkland War veterans, Tom continued: “They marched on Stanley, they won and it just…I don’t know…I don’t know.”

On Saturday another Afghan veteran named Gary called into LBC, fighting back tears as he questioned the UK’s role in Afghanistan. 

He said: “I’ve never spoken with a radio station like this before but this is really struck a chord with me, I feel quite emotional about it this morning.

“When I served in Iraq and Afghanistan and Kuwait before that and part of serving you always need to feel you’re doing it for a reason, so you have to do quite difficult things on a daily basis but you could always level it with yourself that you know you’re just doing it for a reason.

“So back in Kuwait, we were doing it to protect Kuwaitis from Saddam Hussein crossing back over the border and you could level that with yourself.”

On Wednesday Tobias Ellwood MP, a former captain in the Royal Green Jackets, said: “It is with utter disbelief that I see us make such an operational and strategic blunder by retreating at this time.

“The decision is already triggering a humanitarian disaster, a migrant crisis not seen since the Second World War and a cultural change in the rights of women.

“And it is once again turning Afghanistan into a breeding ground for terrorism.

“I am sorry that there will be no vote today because I believe the Government would not have the support of the House.”

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