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Armed Forces Memorial
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Committees (VA & PC)
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Leaflet l Historical Archive
Whilst preparing your coverage, please
bear a thought for the welfare of your audience. Making references
to the FREE Veterans Helpline 0800 169 2277 and website www.veterans-uk.info will
help ensure veterans receive the help and support they deserve.
Media Fact sheet – Background
What is Veterans-UK?
Veterans-UK is the new brand bringing together services to veterans. It’s
the first stop for veterans who need help and advice.
The first organisation to use this
name for its services is the Ministry of Defence’s Service Personnel and Veterans Agency (SPVA). This
new Agency (formally Veterans Agency and AFPAA) provides for the first time,
a range of ‘through life’ support functions direct to around
900,000 serving and ex-Service personnel.
Who is a veteran? Who can
A veteran is anyone
who has served in HM Armed Forces, regular or reserve including National
Servicemen, former Polish forces under British command and Merchant Mariners
who have seen duty in military operations (e.g. the Falklands Conflict).
Veterans, along with their families and dependents make up the veterans community
and all are entitled to our services.
Need help and advice?
The Veterans free helpline 0800 169 2277 or website www.veterans-uk.info are
the first points of contact for veterans needing advice. Dedicated helpline
staff offer advice on War Pensions, Armed Forces Compensation Scheme, Armed
Forces Pensions, Medals, Service Records and almost any other matters such
as statutory benefits, money worries, loans and grants, emergency accommodation
Need one to one help?
SPVA has a national network of welfare offices across the UK and Ireland. Welfare
Managers are available to provide one to one assistance in the home, offering
practical welfare advice such as liasing with local authorities, completion
of forms and claiming benefits. They will always make sure veterans
get the help available from those best placed to provide it. Just call
0800 169 2277.
For more information, contact SPVA Press Officer’s, David
Johnson, on 01253 333041 or 07717 882014.