In a letter, Bale Baleiwai -who had been a soldier for 12 years, and completed tours of Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia and Northern Ireland - wrote:
My service to Queen and Country has been dishonoured and I have been betrayed.
Throughout this period we have tried to be proactive, graceful and dignified. We have not even received an apology from this Government and they continue to pass the buck ... I therefore feel I can no longer accept my medals. I received them with honour and with great sadness they have now become meaningless.