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Help rehabilitate a War Veteran and 1971 PoW

SOME MEN DREAM OF BEING A HERO, OTHERS RELIVE IT IN THEIR NIGHTMARES..

Capt Vijendra Singh Gurung, an alumnus of King George School Chail, was an Indian Army Officer commissioned in Assam Regiment. During the Indo Pak 1971 war, a young Commando Platoon Commander then, Capt Gurung leading his men from the front walked into a Paki ambush and was taken Prisoner of War on the Western sector. He went through inhuman forms of torture that accompanies a PoW specially so in Pakistan. He was lucky in that he was repatriated back to India in 1973 due to intervention of World Red Cross unlike the 54 PWs who are still languishing in Paki jails till date.

Capt Gurung was awarded the Pashchimi Star, Sangram Medal and 25th Independence Anniversary Medal for his courage and sacrifice during 1971 war. All this while, he was suffering from post war trauma (PTSD) which he did not disclose to anyone and fought it in his head every night. He started leading a secluded life and seen spending nights in the forest. With no medical help and legal advise, he chose to leave the Indian Army after 5 years without any pension.

Since 1977, he has not had any psychiatric examination treatment nor any rehabilitation training due to which he has sunk into a groove of despondency. Yet, he never begged & instead sought work of a laborer on the roadside. With this earning, which came infrequently, he is living a hard life in extreme poverty. He lives in a small room, with no door, window, toilet, electricity or water. He has lived like this for over 40 years. During this period, his wounds, mental, have deepened. Today, we have a daunting task to try to restore his state.

Help this WAR HERO who fought to defend this nation, rehabilitate and lead a dignified life in his remaining years.

We are running this campaign to collect funds for
1. Rehabilitation of the officer
2. Providing a decent shelter and basic home needs
3. Monthly living expenses

Your generous contribution will only go towards the welfare of the war veteran.
Ask for an update
21st May 2018
Dear Supporters,

Thank you for the wonderful support. The progress of Lt. Gurungs accommodation, clothes and household items bought through the first trench of money transferred to his account.

The balance amount is being transferred to his account and a fixed deposit is being made.

Thank you!


1st March 2018
Here's an update on Capt Gurung: Brig Rawat of UESL & Assam Regt are looking after his welfare.

His house repair is complete, his bank a/c, PAN card etc are also all in place. Contributions from citizens are pouring in and Capt Gurung is now getting monthly financial assistance.

Please watch the video where Brigadier thanks the donors, Army regiment as well as hands over the monthly assistance to Captain Gurung

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFz5wHtQxDc
Warm Regards,
TSEWA
9th February 2018
Dear supporters,

Thank you for the overwhelming support!

Thank you for your kind contribution. Many of you have requested an update on what's the current situation and what other modes of assistance have been provided so far and what the funds would be utilized for. Summarizing them for everyone's benefit.

1. A small sum of Rs 10000 has been given to meet to the immediate monthly expenses
2. Monthly groceries including fresh vegetables have been provisioned
3. Many debtors close to Rs 15k have been paid off
4. With the help of local army authorities, a door has been added to his humble boarding. A folding cot, new bedding, utensils and chairs have been provided as well.
5. Currently, we are in the process of painting his room and adding an attached toilet. There are many challenges as there is no running water or electricity.
6. The officer was offered another room to live in but he is not willing to relocate. Given his mental condition, he can't be convinced to move.
7. With respect to his pension, again there are multiple challenges.  This is fairly complicated case and it has been taken up with the government by TSEWA. May we request you to call Sonali 98451 77150 to seek an update or alternatively share your number, so that we can call.

As mentioned in the comments section of the page by Brig Rawat, he was not granted pension as he did not have requisite pensionable service. Long term measure to alleviate his plight, like providing a life long pension is a possibility that only Army can explore & this process will take its own time. Till any such measure materializes, there is an urgent need to provide him much needed succor. Towards this end, donors are doing a great service. Also, we need to be mindful that anything done by the govt sets a precedence and forms basis for further action.

This has been highlighted in some dailies as well.

https://m.timesofindia.com/city/dehradun/1971-indo-pak-war-veteran-now-lives-in-penury-help-pours-in-after-plight-goes-public/articleshow/62714225.cms

https://m.hindustantimes.com/dehradun/former-pow-in-pak-battles-penury-pins-hopes-on-ngo-s-pension-offer/story-PhK9GMWriX2CekEHvkeV7K.html

We still have a long way to go, sir as we have to take care of Capt Gurung for life. Please keep sharing the campaign and requesting others to contribute.

Sincerely,
TSEWA

Rs.1,131,987
raised of Rs.1,110,000 goal

561 Supporters

Beneficiary: Capt VS Gurung info_outline

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Supporters (561)

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Anonymous donated US $50
4 months ago
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Anonymous donated Rs.2,500
4 months ago
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Nilesh donated Rs.2,500
5 months ago

Thank you Captain Gurung..I will share your story with my son..we shall always remain indebted to you for your duty to this nation..we will not forget you sir...a grateful nation will stand by you..Tha k you sir..Jai Hind.

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Anil donated Rs.1,000
5 months ago
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Aditya donated Rs.1,500
5 months ago

Jai Hind!

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Anonymous donated Rs.5,000
5 months ago