From today's Daily Telegraph. A sad and interesting story. Perhaps not my place to suggest it, but is there any way in which ARRSE could help? Burma veteran lives in poverty as he fights MoD By Thomas Harding, Defence Correspondent An 88-year-old veteran of the Burma campaign is living in penury because Whitehall bureaucrats are refusing to pay him full Â£86,000 recompense after a pension error. Tomorrow, when the Government will trumpet Veterans' Day to honour those who risked their lives for Britain's freedom, Major Richard Perkins will remain at home musing on his battle with the Ministry of Defence. For five months during the 1944 Chindit campaign he led 30 soldiers behind Japanese lines. But he says the deprivations he suffered in the Burmese jungle are nothing to the seven-year campaign he has waged for compensation that the MoD refuses to recognise. Major Perkins was among hundreds of medically discharged veterans who were incorrectly taxed on their pension, an error that emerged in 1998. Millions of pounds in compensation were paid but he was at first denied the rebate on taxation paid over 42 years because the ministry said he had not been discharged for medical reasons. He fought for five years, employing lawyers and a psychiatrist, to prove that his later service during the Malayan emergency had contributed to a mental breakdown. After an appeal tribunal, the MoD paid Â£20,000 for the tax error but refused to pay interest estimated at Â£86,000. Once again Major Perkins, a father of four children from two marriages, had to fight. He pays Â£20 every month towards legal aid as he tries to have the case heard in the High Court. He survives on a state pension plus an Army stipend of Â£463 a month. Out of that he pays Â£435 rent for a home in Lastingham, North Yorks. Major Perkins's MP, John Greenway, the Tory member for Ryedale, said: "It is time the MoD did the honourable thing and gave him the compensation he is entitled to." The ministry advised Major Perkins to contact the Inland Revenue, as it was a matter of "tax legislation". Major Perkins accused it of "passing the buck".