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25 Veterans

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1 Introduction

2. What financial help can I get?

3. Does my war pension affect my welfare benefits?

4. What happens if I go into hospital or need extra care?

5. What if I need help finding somewhere to live?

6. What help can I get to find work when I leave the forces?

7. Where can veterans with special needs get help?

8. How can I claim my medals from my time in service?

9. How can I get hold of my service record?

You may need to get hold of personal information held by the forces for many reasons, including:

  • to prove you were in the armed forces;
  • for medical reasons; or
  • because you are researching your family history.

If you are a former serviceman or woman wanting your own service records, you must make a 'subject access request' (SAR).

You must make a SAR in writing and you must include proof of your identity, such as a copy of your passport or a recent utilities bill. You must also include enough infornation to help locate the records you want, such as your:

  • service number;
  • rank;
  • full name;
  • date of birth; and
  • the dates you served in the armed forces.

If you were in the Army, you must also include details of your regiment or corps.

Service records are stored in various places around the country. To find the address you should write to for your records, contact the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency (see 'Further Help' for details).

You should receive a reply to your letter within 40 days.

How can I find information about a serviceman or woman who has died?

If you want information about someone who has died, you need to send in a copy of their death certificate, unless they died in service. The Service Personnel and Veterans Agency can tell you where to send the certificate. If you are not a close relative (next of kin), you will also need the permission of the closest relative or relatives. You may have to pay a fee for the information.

10. Passports for veterans

11. Further Help

12. About this leaflet



This leaflet is published by the Gurkha Free Legal Advice (LSC) and the Ministry of Defence. It was written in association with Citizens Advice.

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The leaflets are regularly updated but the law may have changed since they were printed so the information in them may be incorrect or out of date.

Leaflet Version: October 2007

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