7th March 2018

100 year-old Gurkha veteran: I just want to keep warm

We visited 100 year-old World War Two veteran Rifleman Budhi Bahadur Suyal and his wife, Kali, at Saring village in Lamjung. The village is about a one-hour drive from the district’s main town of Besisahar.

Budhi signed up to become a Gurkha in November 1943 and was made redundant at the end of World War Two. He returned to a life of subsistence farming in his home village and has remained ever since.

Budhi Bahadur Suyal and his wife Kali

Our Welfare Pension is central to this couple’s existence. Budhi explained:

“I can hardly see or hear anymore, let alone farm. This pension is all I have. This is how we eat. Without this, how could we survive? I just want to keep warm until I die.”

The couple make regular use of our medical scheme

Our Medical Aid

The couple make regular use of our medical scheme, both being frail and having various age-related complaints. Budhi said:

“I am always happy to see The Gurkha Welfare Trust’s doctors. I don’t know where I would get this medicine without them.”

To find out more about the services we provide to Gurkha pensioners and their families, please click here.

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