The Commonwealth Needs You!

by David McMullen

The Commonwealth Needs You!

by David McMullen
David McMullen
Case Owner
David is a 13yr Veteran having served in Afghan. Has since helped lots of veteran charities and is now a trustee of Force Online. Was on the campaign team for the successful Free the Chennai6 Campaign
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David is a 13yr Veteran having served in Afghan. Has since helped lots of veteran charities and is now a trustee of Force Online. Was on the campaign team for the successful Free the Chennai6 Campaign
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Latest: July 5, 2020

Thank you!

Thank you all so much for your donations so far. The team here are amazed thank you. But please keep sharing we still have a long way to go. Here’s a video from Taitusi thanking you all for the…

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In times of conflict, the Commonwealth countries have readily supported the UK and now we are calling on the UK to remember their heroic efforts. 

Eight Commonwealth veterans are challenging the Ministry of Defence for failures to comply with its own guidance when discharging Foreign & Commonwealth HM Forces personnel from the Forces. They are also challenging the Home Office over the level of application fees for permanent residence applications, maintaining that these should be waived for Foreign & Commonwealth veterans and their families.

The failings by the Ministry of Defence and the Home Office have had serious implications for the veterans and their families. Combined with the hostile environment measures mainly introduced when Theresa May was Home Secretary and later PM, and continued and strengthened by the current government, many veterans now find themselves in financial difficulties or at the risk of being so. At a time when the UK is in a pandemic crisis, the veterans also live in fear of needing to access medical care which, despite serving in the UK Forces, they are currently not entitled to and cannot afford to pay for privately. 

When one of the veterans, Taitusi Ratucaucau, was recently admitted into hospital for emergency major brain surgery, only to be presented with a bill for thousands of pounds, the unfairness rightly hit the headlines. Mr Ratucaucau was deemed ineligible for free NHS treatment, despite having served in the UK army for over 10 years, including on several operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. 

Living in limbo, unable to afford permanent residence or healthcare has caused great emotional and psychological strain for these veterans and their families. Both the MoD and the Home Office have refused to accept responsibility for any of the issues raised and so Forces Online established Help The Commonwealth Veterans 8 (HTCV8) to raise awareness and funds to support the veterans’ legal claim. 

The veterans and Forces Online are assisted by David McMullen, Campaign Coordinator.  David has previously successfully campaigned on behalf of veterans with the Chennai 6 campaign and contacted the Commonwealth veterans’ legal team offering his help and time for free.

HTCV8 is calling on the UK not to forget the soldiers who came to the UK’s support when it needed them and to support the Commonwealth 8 now when they need our help.

To support the Commonwealth 8, please go to Twitter and Facebook and search for HTCV8: https://twitter.com/HTCV81 and https://facebook.com/HTCV8/

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Update 4

David McMullen

July 5, 2020

Thank you!

Thank you all so much for your donations so far. The team here are amazed thank you. But please keep sharing we still have a long way to go. Here’s a video from Taitusi thanking you all for the support!

https://www.facebook.com/101501268294053/posts/110496614061185/?vh=e&d=n

Update 3

David McMullen

July 2, 2020

Day 2 Wow for a slow start today just became great

Thank you so much for everyone that has contributed. We would especially like to thank the person thats donated £1,000. Thats amazing and please get in touch with the page. Thank you also to everyone thats helped support us. It means so much to all those involved.

Update 2

David McMullen

July 1, 2020

Slowly Slowly we are getting there but we need more!

Thank you all for your support. Please remember to go to the below links and invite all of your friends to like the pages. You don't have to do it individually but its really important you do it. 


https://crowdjustice.com/case/help-the-commonwealth-veterans/
https://twitter.com/HTCV81

https://facebook.com/HTCV8/


Kind regards


David McMullen

Campaign Coordinator

Update 1

David McMullen

July 1, 2020

End of the first day of the campaign!

Well what a fantastic start to the campaign. Thank you so much for all those that have donated. Please, please, please keep sharing this with as many people as possible. 

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