Military charities say they have "grave concerns" about their ability to cope with the number of former Gurkhas coming to them for assistance.Do they? I thought they were pretty self-sufficient.
Last year those who retired before 1997 won permission to settle in the UK - and up to 12,000 may do so by 2013.
But welfare groups say some are arriving from Nepal with no money and nowhere to live, and need their help.
Director of Welfare Paul Cummings told the BBC that in the two-week period before Christmas, 12 families came to the charity for help.The reality of life in Britain?
"They will arrive from an aircraft, they'll probably have two suitcases and no more," he said.
"They're going to need everything to set up home."
Mr Cummings praised the MoD for setting up a resettlement office in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu, which is designed to brief applicants about the reality of life in Britain.
Such as demanding services are provided in their native language, and allowing numerous local authority departments to tick a ‘diversity’ box?
Such as begging for benefits and thereby ensuring lots of work for quangos and fakecharities and all the various hangers-on?
Funny. It seems that the ones already here have no problem fitting in and making themselves useful. In stark contrast to Croydon’s fleeing killer bus driver, ex-Gurkha bus driver Rubin Gurung knew just what to dowhen a car crashed in front of him:
First Buses had praised its driver, who stopped at the scene when he saw the overturned car.Sounds like just the sort of immigrant we need more of.
Ex-Gurkha Rubin Gurung pulled over and led passengers to the car, where they had to force the doors open to free the family.
Mr Gurung dialled 999 using his mobile phone and police arrived to take over.
Mr Rubin, who has been a driver with First for just over a year, was initially concerned he would be blamed for the damage to his bus.That doesn’t sound much like the helpless picture painted by Mr Cummings, does it?
But, Cliff Hussey, area operations director for First in Suffolk and north Essex, had nothing but praise for him.
He said: “We gave Rubin a pat on the back for the actions he took.
“Firstly for stopping, because not everyone would have done, and secondly for allowing the use of his bus for all the right reasons.
“It was a bold decision for a driver to decide to stop off his own back, because normally anything and everything has to be okayed by the control.”