Armed Forces personnel and veterans


If you or someone close to you has a connection to the Armed Forces - still serving, veteran or family member - and are struggling financially, support may be available to you through benefits or grants.


Use the Turn2us Benefits Calculator to check your entitlement to benefits.

To read more about the benefits available specifically for people in the Armed Forces community, select from the list below:


The Turn2us Grants Search can help you find support 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 Armed Forces charities, such as the Royal British Legion, SSAFA, 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 or 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 the Armed Forces who have particular medical conditions: for example: Blind Veterans UK, British Limbless Ex-Service Men's Association and Combat Stress.    

Who do Armed Forces charities help?

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 to you from other charitable funds listed on the Turn2us Grants Search, based on your personal circumstances, background and needs. We have filters for occupation, health, nationality and religion as well as a keyword search.

Use the Turn2us Grants Search to find help


The Turn2us Your Situation section contains information resources which you may find useful, including a page for Armed Forces: Serving or Veteran.

We also have a Find an Adviser tool to help you find national and local sources of further information and advice.

Read our Grants Spotlight feature on SSAFA