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25 Veterans

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1 Introduction

2. What financial help can I get?

3. Who can receive a war disablement pension?

4. Who can receive a service pension?

5. Who can claim through the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme?

6. What if I need help finding somewhere to live?

7. What help can I get to find work when I leave the forces?

8. How can I claim my medals from my time in service?

9. How can I get hold of my service record?

10. Passports for veterans

11. Further Help

The Community Legal Service

The Community Legal Service has been set up to help you find the right legal information and advice to solve your problems.

You can get help through a national network of organisations including Citizens Advice Bureaux, Law Centres, many independent advice centres and thousands of high street solicitors. All of these services meet quality standards set by the Legal Services Commission, look for the Community Legal Service logo:

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Many of the organisations offer some or all of the their services for free. If you cannot afford to pay for advice you may be eligible for financial support through the Community Legal Service Fund (Legal Aid). You can order leaflets about funding from the LSC Leaflet line on 0845 3000 343.

You can use the Directory on the CLS Direct website http://www.clsdirect.uk/ to find details of quality assured advice providers.

The Legal Services Commission (LSC)

The Community Legal Service and the Community Legal Service Fund are managed by the Legal Services Commission.  To find out more about us visit our website at http://www.legalservices.gov.uk/ or find the details for your local Legal Services Commission office in the phone book. 

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Veterans Agency
This is the main source of government-funded help and advice on veterans' issues.
Phone: 0800 169 22 77


The website of the Veterans' Agency

 The website of the Veterans Agency



 

War Pensioners' Welfare Service
This service runs a network of welfare offices. Each is responsible for a different area. Its phone number is in your local phone book under 'Veterans Agency'. Or you can call the Veterans Agency on the number above for details of your nearest office.




Citizens Advice
Your local Citizens Advice Bureau is listed in the phone book


The website of Citizens Advice

 The website of Citizens Advice




Armed Forces Personnel Administration Agency (Pensions Division)
phone: 0141 224 3600


The website of Ministry of Defence

 The website of Ministry of Defence




Ministry of Defence Medal Office (MOD MO)
Armed Forces Personnel Administration Agency (AFPAA)
RAF Innsworth
Gloucester
GL31 1HW
freephone: 0800 085 3600


The website of the Ministry of Defence Medal Office

 The website of the Ministry of Defence Medal Office




Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association - Forces Help (SSAFA Forces Help)
Welfare and advice for servicemen and women, ex-servicemen and women and their families.
Phone: 020 7403 8783


The website of SSAFA Forces Help

 The website of SSAFA Forces Help



 

SSAFA Forces Help Housing Advisory Service
phone: 01722 436 400




Ex-Service Action Group on Homelessness
c/o Sir Oswald Stoll Foundation
446 Fulham Road
London SW6 1DT
phone: 020 7385 2110


The website of Ex-Service Action Group on Homelessness

 The website of Ex-Service Action Group on Homelessness




Ex-Services Homes Referral Agency (ESHRA)
phone: 020 7839 4466


The website of ESHRA

 The website of ESHRA




National Gulf Veterans and Families Benevolent Association
Support for people who have suffered medical or psychiatric illness following service in the Gulf.
phone: 01482 808 730


The website of the National Gulf Veterans and Families Benevolent Association

 The website of the National Gulf Veterans and Families Benevolent Association




Legionline
Legionline is run by the Royal British Legion for ex-servicemen and women and those about to leave the services.
phone: 0845 772 5725




British Limbless Ex-Service Men's Association (BLESMA)
Supports ex-servicemen and women and their families, if they have lost a limb while serving.
phone: 020 8590 1124


The website of BLESMA

 The website of BLESMA




Ex-Services Mental Welfare Society (Combat Stress)
Helps members of the Services who have suffered psychological disability as a result of service in the armed forces.
phone: 01372 841600


The website of Ex-Services Mental Welfare Society

 The website of the Ex-Services Mental Welfare Society




St Dunstan's
Helps ex-servicemen and women who have significant loss of sight, whether as a result of service or otherwise.
phone: 020 7723 5021


The website of St Dunstan's

 The website of St Dunstan's




Forces Legal Network (The Forces Law Helpline)
A network of solicitors' firms that can provide advice and assistance on legal matters for servicemen and women and their families.
phone: 0845 601 1260


The website of the Forces Legal Network

 The website of the Forces Legal Network




Inland Revenue inheritance tax helpline
phone: 0845 302 0900




Career Transition Partnership


The website of the Career Transition Partnership

 The website of the Career Transition Partnership




Regular Forces Employment Association
phone: 020 7321 2011


The website of Regular Forces Employment Association

 The website of Regular Forces Employment Association




Officers' Association
phone: 020 7930 0125


The website of the Officers' Association

 The website of Officers' Association




UK Passport Adviceline
phone: 0870 521 1410



12. About this leaflet







This leaflet is published by the Legal Services Commission (LSC) and the Ministry of Defence. It was written in association with Citizens Advice.

Logo of Citizens Advice Bureau

The leaflets are regularly updated but the law may have changed since they were printed so the information in them may be incorrect or out of date.

 




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