Veterans ID card launches today

A NEW Veterans ID card, which will enable public and charitable sector services to instantly recognise the service of a veteran, has been launched today. (February 18)

This card will provide proof that a veteran has served in HM Armed Forces in line with the Government definition of a veteran, which is one day’s service.

Currently, there is no way for existing former military personnel to easily prove the fact that they have served but this card will confidentially verify that someone has served in the Armed Forces.

However, this card will not be held by all veterans as it is being rolled out in tranches and some may not have the capacity to apply for one, so Veterans UK are stressing people do not take the absence of a Veterans ID card as proof that a person has not served.

The delivery is to be rolled out in two tranches:

Phase 1: The Veterans ID Card will be provided to all Service Leavers only, as part of the discharge process with effect from today, and retrospectively to those who left on or after 17 December 2018.

Phase 2: Applications from the wider Veteran Community will be encouraged once the process has been agreed. Information on how to apply will be made available closer to the time, before the end of 2019.

If you are asked questions about the ID card, you can contact Veterans UK helpline number and they will be able to provide the relevant information, on 0808 1914 218.