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Veterans' Issues

The Ministry of Defence has created a one-stop shop for Service Veterans run by the Service Personnel & Veterans Agency:

Veterans-UK.

Below we provide links to some useful sites and articles which we believe may be of interest to our Veterans.

SPVA - What we do (PDF, 1.96MB)

Forces Reunited

Forces Reunited is a UK database of Forces and Ex-Forces Personnel on the web, completely run by Forces personnel.

Forces Reunited Website

MoD Reunited

The service is entirely free. The uniqueness of the site revolves around the combination of confidentiality, security and automation. The system is secure, with no email addresses or other contact details being displayed. Once contact with past colleagues has been established using our secure email system, it is up to you how much in the way of contact details you give that person. The system will automatically email you as soon as a colleague from one of your units joins the system, wherever they are in the world.
http://www.modreunited.com/

The Not Forgotten Association - for Service & Ex-Service Disabled

There are thousands of disabled ex-servicemen and women in this country. They have been injured in conflicts from 1914 to the present day. Now most of them are elderly and often frail and although their essential needs may be provided for, The "Not Forgotten" Association is able to give them some of the "extras" which most of us take for granted, something to look forward to - something to make life worth living. We ensure that they are not forgotten by providing the following "entertainment" which brings a little happiness and joy into their lives.
http://www.nfassociation.org/

Air Historical Branch (RAF)

The Air Historical Branch was established in 1919 with the task of writing the Official History of British air operations in the First World War. Today, its aim is to maintain and preserve the historical memory of the RAF, and to develop and encourage an informed understanding of RAF and air power history by providing accurate and timely advice to Ministers, the RAF, other government departments and the general public.

www.raf.mod.uk/ahb/

The Officers'Association

The Officers'Association is a charity dedicated to assisting officers who have retired or are about to retire from Her Majesty's Armed Forces. The Association was founded in 1919 and received the Royal Charter in 1921.
www.officersassociation.com/

Blind Veterans UK

Blind Veterans UK (formerly St. Dunstans) give all blind veterans access to the finest quality of services to help them discover life beyond sight loss. This includes providing lifelong welfare support, rehabilitation, training, long-term nursing, residential and respite care.

Blind Veterans UK Website

The Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion was founded in 1921 as a voice for the ex-Service community and their 550,000 members continue to ensure that this voice does not go unheard.
http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/

Remembrance Travel - Royal British Legion

Our Pilgrimages are designed for those whose priority is to visit a special war grave or memorial overseas.
http://www.remembrancetravel.com/

The Royal Observer Corps Association

http://www.rocassoc.org.uk/

The Royal Observer Corps Benevolent Fund

http://www.rocbf.org.uk/

Veterans Travel in London

Since November 2008 veterans in receipt of an ongoing payment under the War Pensions Scheme or Guaranteed Income Payment under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme, war widows, war widowers and dependants in receipt of the same payments are eligible for the Veterans Concessionary Travel Scheme in London.

Eligible applicants will be issued with an Oyster photocard, enabling them to travel free at any time within London on bus, Tube, DLR, tram and London Overground services. This scheme is of particular benefit to veterans under 60 and those who live just outside London who are not eligible for a Freedom Pass.

TFL Veterans Travel Page