What is the card and who is it for?
On the 18 February, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) officially announced that service leavers will receive a new ID card to mark their time in the Armed Forces.
Who is entitled to the card?
Any personnel who have left the military after December 2018 will automatically be given one of the new ID cards, which will allow them to maintain a tangible link to their career in the forces.
When can personnel who left before December 2018 apply for a card?
All other veterans will be able to apply for a new ID card by the end of this year, to mark their time in the armed forces.
What is the purpose of the card?
The cards allow veterans to easily verify their service to the NHS, their local authority, and charities, helping them to access support and services where needed.
Which other ID card options are available to service leavers.
The new ID card is one of three that are available to service leavers. The other two options are:
- Personnel leaving the armed forces are also able to keep their military IDs, known as the MOD Form 90, allowing them to maintain their emotional connection with their service.
- Additionally, veterans can access a range of discounts through the Defence Discount Service, the official MOD-endorsed service for the armed forces. https://www.defencediscountservice.co.uk/
How will the ID cards help open up access to the NHS’ specialist services?
The cards will further complement the NHS’ commitment to providing specialist health support for veterans in every part of the health service, enabling ex-service personnel in England, Scotland and Wales to access treatment where they have been affected by their service.Last year, NHS England announced that dedicated mental healthcare services are up and running in every part of the country, backed by £10 million of investment, with increasing numbers of GPs and hospitals becoming ‘Veteran Aware’, in order to fully address the needs of those who have served.
How do I find out more?
For more information, follow this link to the MoD website: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-veterans-id-cards-rolled-out-to-service-leavers