A new ID card for armed forces veterans, which will help them access specialist support and services, has started to be issued to service leavers.
This card will provide proof that a Veteran has served in HM Armed Forces in line with the Government definition of a Veteran, which is one day’s service.
Currently, there is no way for existing Veterans to easily prove the fact that they have served, and the administrative burden on providers when verifying that a person is a Veteran can be considerable, both in time and cost. This card will allow organisations to confidentially verify that someone has served in the Armed Forces. The cards allow veterans to easily verify their service to the NHS, their local authority, and charities, helping them to access support and services where needed.
Delivery will be rolled out in two tranches
Phase 1: From today, any personnel who have left the military since December 2018 will automatically be given one of the new ID cards, which will allow them to maintain a tangible link to their career in the forces.
Phase 2: Applications from the wider Veteran Community will be encouraged once the process has been agreed. Information on how to apply will be made available closer to the time, before the end of 2019.
There is no need to register an interest in the cards at this stage. More information will announced by the MOD on how existing veterans can apply for a card later in the year. Keep an eye on www.gov.uk/veterans-uk for more.