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Veterans contacts


Royal British Legion
The charity helps armed forces personnel, reservists, veterans and their families all year round. They also campaign to improve lives and remember the fallen, as well as organising the Poppy Appeal.

A charity that provides lifelong emotional and practical support for active armed forces personnel and reservists and their families, and veterans.

Help for Heroes
The Help for Heroes charity provides direct, practical support to wounded, injured and sick service personnel, veterans and their families.

The Soldiers' Charity
The charity provides financial assistance to all soldiers in need and their families, covering debt relief, mobility assistance, education bursaries, care home fees and respite breaks.

The limbless veterans' charity supports all armed forces personnel who have lost limbs, the use of limbs, or their eyesight during service.

Blind Veterans UK
The charity provides free lifelong support for veterans with severe sight loss, no matter when they served or how they lost their sight.

Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS)
A charity providing practical and emotional support to military personnel, their families and other entitled civilians when they are in hospital, rehabilitation or recovery centres.

The Poppy Factory
The charity helps veterans with health challenges find life-changing employment across the UK.

Combat Stress
The charity offers a range of mental health treatment and support services to veterans. Call their helpline on 0800 138 1619, by texting 07537 404 719, or emailing

Big White Wall
A charity providing safe, anonymous, round-the-clock online support, with trained counsellors available at all times. There's a supportive community and lots of resources that all armed forces personnel, veterans and their families can use at any time.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
AA is a free self-help network. Its 12-step programme involves getting sober with the help of regular support groups. AA believes people with drink problems need to give up alcohol permanently.

SMART Recovery
SMART Recovery runs a network of self-help and mutual aid meetings where participants help themselves and fellow members with recovery from any kind of addictive behaviour.

There are many other organisations that provide great services, advice and support for veterans, reservists and their family members. Find out more about mental health helplines and visit the Confederation of Service Charities (Cobseo) for more information.

Veterans and Reserves Mental Health Programme 
DCMH Colchester
Merville Barracks

Tel: 0800 032 6258

Veterans UK
(including access to the Veterans Welfare Service)
Ministry of Defence
Thornton Cleveleys

Tel: 0808 1914 218

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland 

Veterans First Point Scotland
5th Floor
Charlotte House
2 South Charlotte Street

Tel: 0131 220 9920

Veterans NHS Wales
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
Traumatic Stress Service
Monmouth House
University Hospital of Wales
Heath Park
CF14 4XW

Tel: 029 2074 2062

Northern Ireland Veterans Support Committee
c/o UDR & R Irish Aftercare Service
Palace Barracks
County Down
BFPO 806

Tel: 028 9042 0145

Page last reviewed: 24/06/2015

Next review due: 24/06/2018