"Military veterans" is a broad term that often refers to serving military personnel, reservists, people who previously served in the armed forces, their partners and family members.
The groups of people above are also sometimes described as the "armed forces community"
Priority Treatment For Veterans
A veteran is someone who has served in the armed forces for at least one day. There are around 2.8 million veterans in the UK.
All veterans are entitled to priority access to NHS hospital care for any condition, as long as it's related to their service and subject to the clinical need of others.
If the NHS service you are dealing with is unaware of priority treatment, you are actively encouraged to tell them about it and ensure you have told them that you have served.
You can find out more on the NHS Choices Website
Where To Go For Help And Advice
Warrington’s mental health awareness site www.happyoksad.org.uk has a directory of mental health support services, which includes a section specifically for military veterans. To find this section go to www.happyoksad.org.uk, click on the blue “Adults click here” button, then click on the drop down heading “organisations which support military veterans”.
Military veterans are entitled to priority healthcare and can be fast tracked into treatment, speak to your GP for more information. You are classed as a military veteran for serving just one day in the Armed Forces.
Do you need free, confidential help or advice with alcohol or drugs?
Please contact Cgl Pathways:
- Ring: 01925 415176
- Visit: 14-16 Bold Street, WA1 1DE