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Help for Armed Forces personnel and veterans

  • 07/06/2019
  • Author:bridgetmccall

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As we remember D Day, find out what help may be available if you have UK Armed Forces connections

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Thursday, 6th June marks the 75th anniversary of the D Day Landings. Years in the planning, this remarkable operation on the beaches of Normandy in France in 1944 marked the beginning of the liberation of France and Western Europe. It drew on the knowledge of meteorologists, scientists, inventors, and involved the armed forces of 13 nations as well as tens of thousands of members of the French Resistance.

Many people, especially those aged over 70, will have a connection to the UK Armed Forces, having served in the Second World War or elsewhere, through national service. Others will have links as a current service man/woman or by being the partner or dependent of someone who has served or is serving.

If you are in financial need, help may be available to you through benefits benefits, charitable funds and other resources. 


Use the Turn2us Benefits Calculator to check your clients' general entitlement to benefits.

To read more about the benefits aimed at people who are serving member of the Armed Forces or a veteran, select from the list below:   


The Turn2us Grants Search can help you find the support you need through Armed Forces-focused and other charitable funds.

Armed Forces charities

There are a number of military charities that provide assistance to people with an Armed Forces background, each with their own set of eligibility requirements.

These include:

  • UK-wide and national Armed Forces charities, such as the Royal British Legion, SSAFA (the Soldiers, Sailors, Air Force Association), The Officers’ Association and Poppyscotland
  • Charities helping people who have served in particular branches of the Armed Forces, for example: ABF The Soldiers’ Charity; The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund; and the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity
  • Regimental associations/charities, for example: The Royal Engineers Association, Royal Artillery Charity, The Royal Signals Benevolent Fund
  • Charities concerned with specific aspects of service, such as: The Burma Star Association, AJEX Charitable Foundation (formerly known as The Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen & Women)
  • Charities that help people from Armed Forces who have a particular medical condition: for example: Blind Veterans UK, British Limbless Ex-Service Men's Association, Combat Stress.     

Help may be available to them from one of these charities, for people who:

  • Are still serving
  • Are veterans
  • Served as a regular or reserve, because of the Second World War or national service
  • Had a long or short period of service
  • Are the partner, spouse, widow, widower or dependent child of someone who served.

Other charitable funds

Help may be available from other charitable funds listed on the Turn2us Grants Search, based on your personal circumstances, background and needs.

Use the Turn2us Grants Search to find help


The Turn2us Your Situation information section contains resources on benefits, grants and advice/support.

The Your Situation: Armed Forces/Veterans includes a link to Veterans Gateway, which can signpost you to the most relevant sources of help for you.

Our website also has Find an Adviser tool to help you find national and local sources of further help.


Royal British Legion Remember Together: D Day

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