Veterans

Veterans

A veteran is someone who has served in the armed forces for at least one day. There are around 2.8m veterans in the UK. When servicemen and women leave the armed forces, their healthcare is the responsibility of the NHS. All veterans are entitled to priority access to NHS care (including hospital, primary or community care) for conditions associated to their time within the armed forces (service related).  However this is always subject to clinical need and does not entitle you to jump the queue ahead of someone with a higher clinical need.  For more information on the duty of care owed to service personnel, read the Armed Forces Covenant (PDF)

Most British military personnel do not experience mental health problems while they are in service, or afterwards in civilian life.  However they face unique risks in service and, if they do experience mental health problems, they may require particular treatments and particular mental health services.  Click here for more information.

1 in 5 Veterans are likely to suffer from a common mental illness - such as depression, anxiety or substance (generally alcohol) misuse - which has been caused or aggravated by their Armed Forces experiences.
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