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Bisexual veteran kicked out of Navy becomes first of many to get medals returned

Bisexual veteran kicked out of Navy becomes first of many to get medals returned

10.12.2019

Bisexual veteran kicked out of Navy becomes first of many to get medals returned

Joe Ousalice, 68, had served for almost 18 years as a radio operator when he was discharged in 1993 when a court martial found him guilty of 'conduct prejudicial to good order and naval discipline'

He was stripped of his medals - some earned for duty in Northern Ireland and the Falklands war - and of his long service benefits.

After nearly 30 years of legal battles seeking the return of his medals, an out-of-court decision was announced this week and Ousalice will have his medals returned at a ceremony next week.

The move is one of several by British governments taking measures to atone for past discrimination against LGBT people.

Read More Top news stories from Mirror Online In addition to restoring his medals, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has offered what is thought to be the first official apology to LGBT military personnel like Ousalice.

Read more: Daily Mirror

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