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Veterans' Gateway:
The first point of contact for veterans seeking support

Veterans' Gateway puts veterans and their families in touch with the organisations best placed to help with the information, advice and support they need – from healthcare and housing to employability, finances, personal relationships and more. Click here to visit the website.

There are a number of Welfare and Ex-Services organisations that exist to provide a range of assistance to ex-Service personnel. This Resettlement guide will assist you on how to get in touch with these organisations now or at any time post-discharge, should the need arise. There are many other charities available of a more general nature for both Service Leavers and Civilians. A full list of these can be found at Plus many are listed in the Links section of this guide.  

Ex-Service Charities

ABF The Soldiers' Charity

The charity provides timely practical and financial support to four generations of Army families, the physically disabled, the mentally ill, the homeless, the unemployed and the elderly.

The Royal British Legion

Caring and campaigning for the ex-Service community. Small business loans, training grants and advice.
    The Poppy Factory

The Poppy Factory help veterans with health challenges to find life-changing employment across the UK. Visit us for recruitment opportunities for ex-military.

Forces Pension Society

As the independent watchdog for the Armed Forces pensions, FPS reaches out to serving and retired Forces personnel and their relatives and dependents and also offers through life administrative services, such as private medical insurance, conveyancing, probate and will writing, whilst campaigning for Service pension rights. It also supports and advises members in their fight for the pensions they should be receiving.

Officers' Association Scotland

The Officers’ Association Scotland offers job finding assistance to ex-officers living in Scotland. They also offer benevolence support to ex-officers, their spouses and dependents who reside in Scotland.

The Officers' Association

The Officers' Association is a charity dedicated to assisting officers who have retired or are about to retire from Her Majesty's Armed Forces.

RAF Association

The RAF Association (RAFA) provides comradeship, welfare and care for current and former members of the RAF.

RFEA - The Forces Employment Charity

The Regular Forces Employment Association (RFEA) is part of the CTP and along with the Officers' Association, and delivers employment support to Service leavers who are registered with the CTP. In addition to this, the RFEA are a long-established Service charity and within that remit, offer job finding assistance to veterans for life.

The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund

The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund exists to provide assistance to those of the extended Royal Air Force Family who need support as a consequence of poverty, sickness, disability, accident, infirmity or other adversity.


National organization which aids servicemen and their families in times of need, providing welfare and social work services, health care, housing.

Veterans UK

Including information and guidance on War Pensions, Armed Forces Compensation Scheme, Commemorations, medals and veterans' issues.

White Ensign Association

The White Ensign Association is a Naval charity providing guidance on personal administration and finance to all Service and ex-Service personnel of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, and their Reserves

Women's Royal Naval Service Benevolent Trust

The WRNS BT [Registered Charity] was founded to help the women who served in the Women's Royal Naval Service.

The primary objective of the Trust is to provide relief in cases of necessity or distress among its members and their dependents. The Trust is also empowered, in suitable cases, to make grants for the education and training of members.
Sea Cadets

Pass on the skills that you have learnt in your career to the next generation! Sea Cadets is a national youth charity offering nautical adventure based on the customs and traditions of the Royal Navy, like honesty & integrity, self-discipline, commitment, respect and loyalty. We have 14,000 young people aged 10 – 18 across the UK learning how to sail, kayak and row, gaining qualifications in marine engineering, catering and first aid. We are looking for people like you who are happy to roll up their sleeves and get stuck in! or