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Support for veterans

Whilst many veterans manage the transition back to civilian life seamlessly, some can find it very challenging.

Many veterans return home with physical injuries, or carrying mental scars from what they have experienced whilst serving abroad.

Some people have become used to living a military life with lots of routine, and to having lots of other people around them, and find it hard to adjust to back to a more uncertain, unpredictable lifestyle or to spending more time alone.

And veterans also face the challenge of having to find a 'normal' job and of being able to pay for life's essentials.

General

The Charity Choice website allows you to search for a wide variety of charities which support current and former service personnel.

The Army Benevolent Fund aims to help Army and former Army personnel and their families in need.

Blind Veterans UK helps ex-Service personnel with visual impairments and loss of sight.

The British Legion help serving members of the Armed Forces, ex-Service men and women, their families and dependants with practical care, advice and support all year-round

The Career Transition Partnership provides resettlement services for those leaving the services. They also operate as an intermediary service for employers wishing to hire Service leavers.

The Confederation of Service Charities (COBSEO) draws together about 186 Service and ex-Service organisations including 65 regimental associations.

Combat Stress is a charity specialising in the mental well-being of ex-Service personnel.

Defence discount service. The services allows members of the Armed Forces, their families and Veterans to make savings both online and on the high street.

Financial advice. Citizens Advice information about benefits and money issues.

Help for Heroes - a national network of support for wounded military personnel and their families

Housing advice from the Ministry of Defence

The Not Forgotten Association aims to provide leisure and recreation for serving and ex-service personnel who are wounded or have sustained permanent injuries.

Officers' Association for all ex-officers and their dependants. Regular and one-off financial help and advice to those in distress at home.

RAF Association offers friendship, welfare and support for serving and former members of Royal Air Force.

Recruit for Spouses is an independent social enterprise finding employment for the spouses of services personnel.

Regular Forces Employment Agency helps men and women leaving the  Armed Forces to find employment throughout their working lives.

The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund is the RAF's leading welfare charity

Royal Hospital and Home for ex-service personnel over 65

Soldiers Charity - offering support to soldiers in active service or those who have retired

Soldier On! For wounded or disabled veterans, career planning and advice including work experience, placements and internships.

Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen & Families Association (SSAFA) Forces Help is the UK's oldest Armed Forces charity. We provide practical help and assistance to anyone who is currently serving or has ever served, even if it was only for a single day.

The Stoll organisation provides rehabilitative support to vulnerable and disabled ex-Service men and women, acknowledging the sacrifices they have made for our country and the problems (such as alcoholism, homelessness and mental health issues) which they can face after leaving the armed forces. The support offered includes provision of accommodation, employment training, benefits advice, a drop-in centre, and other social activities and groups.

TFL travel - Veterans can get a free London transport Oyster card

Veterans Aid operates by addressing an individual's most immediate needs as rapidly as possible.

Veterans UK. The number of organisations that offer help to ex-Service personnel and their families can mean it is sometimes difficult to know who to contact for advice on a particular topic.  Veterans-UK is a good place to start.

Kensington and Chelsea

This leaflet gives details of armed forces charities active in Kensington and Chelsea.(please note that at the time of writing we cannot be sure that all of the contact details are up to date).

Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen & Families Association (SSAFA) - Forces Help (Kensington and Chelsea Division) offers help for service and ex-service men and women, their families and dependents.

Other information and advice

You can go the Ministry of Defence website to find about other available support.

Depending on your situation you may also find it useful to look at our sections on Money and Finding somewhere to live, or our Grants and Charity Payments page