We have put together information about the different type of support available to older people who have served in HM's Armed Forces.
If you have served, and received pay for, one or more days in HM Armed Forces, you will be considered a veteran by the UK and Scottish Government. Many veterans’ charities and services also apply that definition. Veterans can be regulars, reservists, national servicemen and merchant mariners who have supported a UK military operation.
A huge effort is underway to ensure those older veterans who need help with groceries and prescriptions receive it. Fares4Free, which provides transport solutions for veterans, is co-ordinating and enabling much of this in partnership with a range of charities and services.
Charities including Legion Scotland, Sight Scotland Veterans, RAF Association and Age Scotland continue to offer befriending to isolated older veterans, by phone and online. Combat Stress offers remote mental health and wellbeing support, regardless of whether a concern is or isn’t related to service, or whether a mental health condition has or has not been diagnosed.
Age Scotland belongs to Unforgotten Forces, a partnership of charities working together to support veterans in later life. Some partnership services, for example welfare holiday breaks, have stopped due to the outbreak. However, many services continue to be offered remotely. Service provision updates can be found on the Unforgotten Forces website.
Age Scotland publishes a suite of advice guides for older veterans, including our new 2020 edition of the Veterans Guide to Later Life. You can find these in the Supporting Older Veterans section of our website.
It can be hard to know where to turn for advice. If there's something we can help with or you're not sure where to turn, contact our helpline today. Call us Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm on 0800 12 44 222 or email us