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Veterans Welfare Service

The Veterans Welfare Service (VWS) is committed to enhancing the quality of life for veterans and beneficiaries of Veterans UK pensions and compensation schemes, and all their dependants

NHS – Mental health support for veterans, service leavers and reservists

Find mental health information and support for veterans, service leavers, reservists, families and carers.

Mental health problems are common and can affect anyone, including veterans, serving personnel, reservists and their families. It is important to get help and support if you or someone you know has mental health problems.

Mental health support for veterans, service leavers and reservists – NHS (

NHS – Veterans, service leavers, and non-mobilised reservists

Find healthcare and welfare support dedicated to veterans, service leavers, non-mobilised reservists, and their families and carers.

All veterans, service leavers, non-mobilised reservists and their family members and carers can access a range of specialist healthcare and support created to provide treatment and care for many different problems.

Royal British Legion – Hearing aids and implants

A GP can help you get hearing aids if you think you need them.

The earlier you get them, the more you’ll get out of them – so do not wait until your hearing gets really bad before seeing a GP.

Royal British Legion – We help to ease the burden of financial pressure for thousands of serving and ex-serving personnel every year.

We provide specialist compensation advice, help with debt and emergency situations, and can support you through grant applications.

Veterans’ Gateway – information, advice and support for veterans and their families

We are the first point of contact for veterans and their loved ones. Our friendly and knowledgeable helpline team is available 24/7 and can directly refer veterans to our verified, expert partners including Combat Stress, SSAFA, Poppy Scotland and more.

The Contact Group

The Contact Group (‘Contact’) is the collaboration of statutory and non-statutory (charity, academic and professional) organisations working to improve mental health support to the UK armed forces community including serving personnel, veterans and their families.


Cobseo, as the Confederation of Service Charities, provides a single point of contact for interaction with Government, including local government and the Devolved Administrations; with the Royal Household; with the Private Sector; and, of course, with other members of the Armed Forces Community. This allows Cobseo Members to interact with all interested parties and especially to cooperate and collaborate with others in order to provide the best possible level of support to beneficiaries.


If you are in pain, feel anxious, stressed or lonely, are struggling financially, need support with housing or applying for benefits, or just need a listening ear, we can help. Start your recovery journey today by getting in touch.


For over a century we’ve been helping former servicemen and women deal with issues like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression. Today we provide specialist treatment and support for veterans from every service and conflict, focusing on those with complex mental health issues related to their military service.

Blesma – Providing support to limbless and injured veterans for life

Blesma, The Limbless Veterans, is dedicated to assisting serving and ex-Service men and women who have suffered life-changing limb loss or the use of a limb, an eye or loss of sight in the honourable service of our country.