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article imageSoldier laid off 3 days before qualifying for army pension

By Owen Weldon     Oct 24, 2012 in World
Sergeant Lee Nolan, an Iraq war veteran, was just 72 hours away from qualifying for a full Army pension before he was made redundant.
According to Inquisitr, Nolan will now miss out on more than $160,000 after cuts to the UK Army were made. The latest cuts have seen around 20,000 UK soldiers laid off.
Nolan was very angry about the decision and he decided to send a letter as well as his six military medals to the prime minister of Britain, David Cameron.
According to Mirror, the letter said that the medals would only remind him of the shocking way that he has been treated.
According to Defence Management, under the terms of redundancy Nolan received £93,000 and will receive £5,000 a year when he reaches 60. If Nolan had served an extra three days, then he would have received a lump sum of £76,000 and he would have qualified for £6,250 a year until the age of 60. That would have made the total £188,500.
Nolan said that he was dumbfounded by the decision, and in one moment he lost his livelihood, his way of life and the pension that he was relying on to start again.
A Ministry Of Defence spokesman said that the proximity to immediate pension point did not play a role in selecting those who were made redundant. The spokesman also said that they have done all they could do in order to limit the numbers involved and to give those selected a generous redundancy package.
The spokesman also said that those who are selected for redundancy within one year of qualifying for their pension would receive a larger tax-free compensation lump sum.
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