Advice for the armed forces community
Are you in the armed forces community
- currently serving in the armed forces - either regular or reserve
- a veteran who served in the armed forces - either regular or reserve
- a member of the Merchant Navy who served on a commercial vessel in support of legally defined UK military operations
- a dependant - for example, the partner or child of someone who's currently serving in the armed forces, a veteran or a member of the Merchant Navy.
Are you a veteran aged 65 or over
Veterans aged 65 or over and their families living in Scotland can access services and support from Unforgotten Forces, a partnership of 16 organisations that includes Citizens Advice Scotland's Armed Services Advice Project (ASAP).
Unforgotten Forces services for older veterans cover areas such as:
- access to healthcare
- social isolation and respite
- creative activities and events for those in care settings.
Find out more about Unforgotten forces on the Age Scotland website.
The Armed Services Advice Project (ASAP) is run by Citizens Advice Scotland.
ASAP can help you with:
- debt and money advice
- work-related problems
- consumer issues
The advice and support is free, confidential and impartial.
To get in touch, you can:
- call 0800 028 1456 free
- ask the service to call you - use the form on the ASAP website to send your contact details and an adviser will get in touch.
For more information about the service and links to other useful websites, you can visit the ASAP website.
Combat Stress is a UK charity for veterans' mental health. They help former servicemen and -women with mental health problems such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Legion Scotland offers free and confidential advice and representation to any veteran or serving member of the armed forces to pursue their possible entitlement to a war disablement pension or a claim under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme. You don't have to be a member of Legion Scotland.
For more information about the Legion Scotland Pension Appeals and Tribunals Service call 0131 550 1566 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Poppyscotland provides help and support to the armed forces community in Scotland. This includes help for veterans of all ages as well as those who are still serving and their families. It can provide tailored help with:
- grants and funding
- employment services
- respite breaks
- mental health.
RFEA - the armed forces employment charity
There's information about support for the armed forces community on mygov.scot, including on:
- health and well-being - for example, veterans' right to priority NHS treatment and access to healthcare support
- housing - help finding a place to live
- funding for education and training - help to pay for qualifications
- employment - help to find a new job or develop new skills.
SSAFA – the armed forces charity
SSAFA provides lifelong support to anyone who is serving in, or is a veteran of, the armed forces. It provides a wide range of practical and emotional support, including welfare advice, housing and healthcare support. SSAFA is an independent charity and not part of the military chain of command.
The SSAFA Forcesline is a free, confidential helpline and email service that can be contacted from anywhere in the world. Find out how to contact Forcesline on the SSAFA website.
Veterans Assist is part of Veterans Scotland. It collects into one place a wide range of information about the veterans community and veterans support organisations.
Veterans First Point
Veterans First Point is a free service to help veterans and their families adjust to civilian life. It's part of the NHS in Scotland and is run by veterans and clinicians. The help it can offer includes:
- peer support workers - who can help veterans and their families adjust to civilian life
- specialist mental health and well-being support - advice and treatment
- drop-in centres across Scotland - for socialising, meeting other veterans and accessing general support and advice.
Veterans Gateway is a UK-wide website that aims to be the first point of contact for veterans and their families across the UK and abroad. It provides information and links to a wide range of specialist organisations, providing advice about:
- housing - for example, finding a home or advice about homelessness
- employment - for example, finding work after you leave the armed forces
- living independently - for example, help with mobility or care issues
- mental well-being - for example, advice about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or help with bereavement
- physical health - for example, medical discharge or accessing support for service related illnesses
- families and communities - for example, help with family troubles or how to access support groups.
Self-help information is available on the website. It offers UK-wide, Scottish-only and local information.
Advice is also available from a team of expert advisers by phone, email or live webchat. This help is free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Veterans UK is part of the UK Ministry of Defence and is responsible for information about:
- armed forces pensions
- war pensions
- the armed forces compensation scheme
- the Veterans Welfare Service - which provides one-to-one support to veterans.
You can get free, impartial, confidential advice on a wide range of topics from Citizens Advice Scotland. Find out how to get advice.