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The Joining Forces programme has now ended

Joining Forces was an Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust supported programme in partnership with SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity. It was delivered by 12 local projects across England by local Age UKs and SSAFA branches. After 3 successful years, the programme has now ended. Many of the pages in this section will still be useful for information and advice. Alternatively, you can look at the relevant sections of the Age UK website.

If you served in the armed forces and are eligible, you can apply for a medal.

How do I know if I'm eligible?

If you were awarded a medal for service in any of the following forces, then you can apply. 

  • the army
  • the Royal Navy
  • the Royal Marines
  • the Royal Air Force (RAF)
  • the Home Guard
  • the reserve forces

There are eligiblilty requirements for each medal, that you have to meet.

Read a list of the eligibilty requirements on the GOV UK website

I want to apply for a relative

You are able to apply for a medal on someone else's behalf. 

If they are still alive, you must have lasting power of attorney.

If your veteran relative has died, you can only apply if you're the next of kin; in other words the veteran's partner/spouse, eldest child or eldest grandchild. 

How do I apply for a medal?

You can download the form from the GOV UK website and then return it to the address listed on the form.

If you're applying on behalf of someone else, please include a copy of your power of attorney or the veteran's death certificate.

Apply for a medal

Download and fill in the form from the GOV UK website

How long do I have to wait?

Providing all the eligibility criteria have been met, the medal will arrive within 12 weeks of applying.

If you have any questions about your medal applcation, then you can email the MOD on:

Apply for a Veterans Badge

You can get an armed forces veterans badge if you’ve served in any of the UK armed forces.

For more information call the Age UK Advice Line on 0800 678 1602.
We’re open 8am to 7pm, every day of the year.

Partnering with SSAFA

SSAFA logo

As part of Joining Forces, Age UK is partnering with SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity, to deliver 12 local projects across England.

Find out more about SSAFA

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Last updated: Sep 20 2022

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