Are you a Military Veteran? Have you ever served in the Armed Forces?
A veteran is someone who has served in the British Armed Forces (Regular or Reserve) for at least one day. Veterans also include any member of the Merchant Marine who has served in a war zone.
This includes crew from convoys in World War 2 and more recently in the Falklands conflict and Gulf Wars.
There are around 2.4 million British Armed Forces Veterans in Great Britain, of whom 89% are male and 60% are aged 65 and over.
About 18,000 service people move back into civilian life every year. While most of these individuals have similar levels of health to the general population, around 2,000 leave on medical grounds. The top reasons for medical discharge are for issues relating to back, knees, mental health and hearing.
There are dedicated NHS services where veterans can be referred into if needed.
If you have not already informed the practice that you are a military veteran please contact us so we can add this to your medical record.
There are a number of charities dedicated to helping veterans:
Combat Stress - https://combatstress.org.uk/
Help for Heroes - https://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/
Royal British Legion - https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/