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 is co-ordinating and enabling much of this in partnership with a range of veterans charities and services.
Charities including Legion Scotland, Scottish War Blinded and the RAF Association 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.
The Age Scotland helpline 0800 12 44 222 offers information, advice and friendship to older veterans and their dependants. Our advisers have been trained in veterans’ matters. Where helpful and requested, we can share information with relevant Unforgotten Forces partners and arrange for them to contact an older veteran to offer further support.
Age Scotland is publishing a monthly postal newsletter for older veterans to help keep the informed and connected during the outbreak. If you or someone you know of would like to receive this please call 0800 12 44 222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will need full name and postal address details, and confirmation that the person who will receive the newsletter has consented to this.
Age Scotland also publishes a suite of advice guides for older veterans. You can find these in the Supporting Older Veterans section of our website, or call the helpline on 0800 12 44 222 to request a copy.
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