A NEW £2million one-stop service to support veterans and their families will launch in May.
In November 2016, the Ministry of Defence announced £2 million of funding for a service to support British Armed Forces veterans in need. The new service, called Veterans’ Gateway, will launch in the week beginning 22nd May, according to a statement released by the Royal British Legion.
"Veterans’ Gateway has been created to make it easier to navigate the large number of organisations that already exist to support those who have served in the forces," said the RBL statement.
“The service will be the first point of contact for veterans and their families to access information, advice and support on a range of issues including healthcare, housing, and employment and allow services from organisations to be accessed from one place."
Veteran’s Gateway will have a website as well as online chat, phone and text message services available to any veteran, from anywhere in the world, 24 hours a day. Veterans can access face-to-face support through the Veterans’ Gateway network of partners across the UK and overseas.
The following partners from military and other charity sectors have currently signed up to be a part of Veterans’ Gateway, with more partners due to sign once launched:
- The Royal British Legion
- Royal British Legion Industries
- Poppy Factory
- Help for Heroes
- Veterans UK
- RFEA – The Forces Employment Charity
- Blesma – the Limbless Veterans Charity
- Blind Veterans UK
- Combat Stress
- Forces Pension Society
- Walking with the Wounded
- Officers’ Association
- Career Transition Partnership
- Family Fund
- Tax Help for Older People
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