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Last updated: 30 September, 2008 - Published 18:47 GMT
 
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Life after the fight
 
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The plight of Caribbean and other Commonwealth war veterans is a long standing issue
Recently the British Army staged a recruitment drive in the Caribbean in which many signed up.

One question that's being raised is: what's in store for them after they've completed their ' tour of duty'?

British Home office rules mean personnel like these have to serve a minimum of four years before they get an automatic right to stay in the UK, apply for a job or benefits.

There have been reports - and stories - of Commonwealth soldiers discharged from the British army, ending up homeless and being unable to work or claim benefits.

One service charity helping veterans says dealing with the problem takes up twenty per cent of its time

The BBC's Angus Crawford has been speaking two former Commonwealth servicemen.

The British Home Office says it is flexible and some soldiers will be allowed to stay in the UK if they've served under four years.
But, it adds, but there must be special circumstances, such as if the soldier has been injured.

 
 
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