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Support for Families Leaving the Services – Plan Early

April 5, 2019
Vg Pub Blog

This month Veterans’ Gateway launched a ‘Plan Early’ campaign to raise awareness of the help and advice available to families leaving the military to assist them through this change.

Leaving the Armed Forces impacts both the family and Service leaver. The sooner you can think about your life on civvy street (housing, finances, employment, education, physical health and mental wellbeing) the better, and preferably plan early before leaving the Armed Forces.

Many people who leave the Armed Forces don’t have enough information about civilian life and planning a life beyond the forces, as reflected by statistics from the transition survey conducted by the Family Federations - Royal Air Force Families FederationNaval Families Federation and Army Families Federation - who independent from the Services and support serving families throughout their military careers. They provide information and advice, gather evidence, and represent them to policy makers and chain of command.

Transition can feel like the biggest burst of “life admin” you’ll ever experience, but planning early and breaking it down into manageable steps with Veterans’ Gateway could make the journey easier. You and your family can then start enjoying new opportunities that life can bring after a career in the military.

Read more about the PLAN EARLY CAMPAIGN HERE  which gives you useful information to help you with housing, finances, employment, education, physical health and mental well-being.

The service provides a full range of support 24/7, 365 days a year, via online chat, text and helpline with advisors who are themselves Veterans.

Whether it’s a simple question or a situation which requires specialist support, Veterans’ Gateway is there.


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