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Armed Forces Community Covenant

Last updated on: 09-Apr-2021

3. Support and useful links

Personalised care for veterans

View the new personalised care guide published by the NHS and Ministry of Defence

New Personalised Care Offers for Veterans with a Long-term Physical, Mental or Neurological Health Condition or Disability.

NHS England and NHS Improvement, together with the Ministry of Defence, have published the Personalised care for veterans in England, a guide for clinical commissioning groups and local authorities, which sets out a new personalised care approach for those veterans who have a long term physical, mental or neurological health condition or disability.

This guide is for those individuals and organisations who are leading or involved in supporting this patient group through the delivery of NHS Continuing Health Care or a jointly agreed care plan. A supporting patient leaflet is also available.

Veterans' ID card

Find out about the new ID card for armed forces veterans

Introduced in February 2019, this ID card for armed forces veterans, which will help them access specialist support and services, has started to be issued to service leavers.

Veterans' ID Card

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.

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.

All other veterans will be able to apply for a new ID card by the end of 2019, to mark their time in the armed forces.

This ID card is one of three that are available to service leavers. Personnel leaving the armed forces are also able to keep their military IDs, known as the MOD Form 90, allowing them to maintain their emotional connection with their service. Additionally, veterans can access a range of discounts through the Defence Discount Service, the official MOD-endorsed service for the armed forces.

Further information in respect of this ID card can be found at GOV.UK

Gravesham Gateway

There are a range of helpful services available at Gravesend's Civic Centre

Services include Citizens Advice Bureau, Victim Support, Kent County Council, Police, and more.

View our Gravesham Gateway page for a full list of services and opening times.

Mental Health assistance

From leading charities Combat Stress and Samaritans

For over a century Combat Stress have been helping former servicemen and women deal with issues like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression. They specialist treatment and support for veterans from every service and conflict, focusing on those with complex mental health issues related to their military service. Further information can be found on combat stress website

Samaritans can share its expertise with the military so that those serving or leaving the forces and their families are better equipped to deal with their unique circumstances, as well as the day to day struggles that we all face.

Samaritans have developed a range of services to help support serving personnel in the Armed Forces, veterans, and their families which can be found on the Samaritans website.

Business start-ups

Thinking about starting your own business?

Need some pre-start-up advice? For business support covering research, funding, business planning and more, please visit our Business start ups section.

Useful links

Helpful links on a range of diverse areas





Advice and support for finding a home

If you'd like to find a home in Gravesham you can apply to join the Housing Register. Find out how in our Apply for housing section.


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