Services for injured veterans
Veterans' Gateway is the first point of contact for veterans seeking support. It's made up of a number of military charities and can put you in touch with organisations who can help further.
Phone: 0808 802 1212 (24 hours a day, 365 days a year)
Website: Veterans' Gateway website
Help for Heroes
Help for Heroes works with those who have injuries and illnesses attributable to their service in the British Armed Forces. No matter when someone served, Help for Heroes believes that those prepared to put their lives second, deserve a second chance at life.
Phone: 01748 834148
Website: Help for Heroes website
Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS)
Defence Medical Welfare Service delivers an independent and impartial 24 hour specialist welfare service to members of the British Armed Forces who are receiving hospital care, their dependant relatives, and entitled civilians. Their aim is to contribute to the consistency of the recovery and rehabilitation pathway for service personnel.
Phone: 0800 999 3697
Website: DMWS website
BLESMA supports all limbless ex-service men and women, their widows, and dependents. They provide support on grants for mobility, rehabilitation and adaptations, and advice on compensation schemes, nursing, residential, and respite care.
Phone: 020 8590 1124
Website: BLESMA website
Veterans Hearing Support
Veterans Hearing Support assists ex-service men and women who have hearing loss or associated difficulties, such as tinnitus, to access the Royal British Legion's Veterans Hearing Fund (VHF).
Phone: 0333 455 9116
Website: Veterans Hearing Support website
Blind Veterans UK
Blind Veterans UK believes that no-one who has served our country should have to battle blindness alone. It provides blind and vision impaired ex-service men and women with lifelong support including welfare support, rehabilitation, training, residential, and respite care.
Phone: 0300 111 2233
Website: Blind Veterans UK website
SSAFA works to assist service men and women who have been injured in service to their country.
The Stockton branch is based at the T. A. Centre on Norton Road, Stockton. Clients are usually seen in their homes but can be seen at the Norton office. The service is available Monday to Friday 10am to 12pm (noon).
Phone: 01642 553666 to make an appointment
Website: SSAFA website
Compensation for veterans
Veterans UK administers the Armed Forces pension schemes and compensation payments for those injured or bereaved through service. Veterans UK is part of the Ministry of Defence.
Phone: 0808 1914 218
Website: Veterans UK website
Armed Forces compensation (GOV.UK)
Information and reports on all MOD compensation schemes including the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) and other service benefits.
RAF Benevolent Fund
The RAF Benevolent Fund provides practical, financial, and personal lifetime support to all members of the RAF family, whether serving or veterans, and their families.
Phone: 0300 102 1919
Website: RAF Benevolent Fund website
Royal Navy and Marines Charity
The Royal Navy and Marines Charity funds projects and facilities that boost morale for both veterans and those who serve today, including: caring for ex-service men and women in old age, those in crisis or in need (mental health issues, substance abuse, injury, and homelessness), and transitioning to civilian life and employment.
Phone: 023 9387 1520
The Soldiers' Charity
Also known as the Army Benevolent Fund (ABF). The Soldiers' Charity provides grants for soldiers and veterans from the British Army, and their immediate families, when they are in need.
Phone: 0207 901 8900
Website: Soldiers' Charity website
Forces Compare lets you find and compare the best military insurance deals. It's an independent search engine which specialises in comparing quotes for insurance to meet your requirements, from a select group of highly reputable insurance specialists.
Website: Forces Compare website
Armed Forces Charities
Armed Forces Charities provides research on Armed Forces charities, including analysis of the provision in specific areas, such as mental health, housing, employment, etc.
Website: Armed Forces Charities website
Project Nova supports veterans who have been arrested and enter police custody. It also supports veterans who are referred by specialist police teams, or other statutory organisations, because they are at risk of arrest. Project Nova is delivered as a partnership between RFEA and Walking With The Wounded (WWTW).
Phone: 0121 262 3058
Website: Project Nova website
The Forces in Mind Trust
Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) awards grants and commissions research, coordinates the efforts of others, and supports projects that deliver long-term solutions to the challenges faced by the Armed Forces community.
Website: Forces in Mind Trust website
Apply for a veterans' badge or a medal
Anyone who has served in any of the UK Armed Forces can apply for a veterans' badge. There is no fee.
Website: Veterans' badge or medal website
Veterans ID cards
A new ID card for Armed Forces veterans, which will help them access specialist support and services, has started to be issued to service leavers.
Website: Veterans ID cards website
Confederation of Service Charities (COBSEO)
COBSEO represents the whole serving and veterans community. Membership is open to charities who promote and further the welfare and general interests of the Armed Forces community.
Website: COBSEO website