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.

 

Veterans Association UK (VAUK) official video

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Suicide remains a rare occurrence in both UK Regulars and Veterans. In fact, the suicide rate is not significantly different to the rate amongst the UK general population, and for most age groups is actually lower. Seeking help for suicidal thoughts remains crucial and there is extensive mental health support available to both serving and ex-Service personnel.
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