Support for UK Veterans

June, 2019

This briefing paper details the support available to Armed Forces veterans in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.


The Armed Forces Covenant was introduced in 2011 and is a statement of the moral obligation which exists between the nation, the Government and the Armed Forces in return for the sacrifices they make. Its core principles were enshrined in law in the Armed Forces Act 2011, although the Covenant does not create legally enforceable rights for service or former service personnel. It is the Armed Forces Covenant which has provided the central focus of current Government policy towards veterans. As of 2015, there were an estimated 2.56 million UK armed forces veterans living in households across Great Britain.

Full Reference

House of Commons Library, 2019. Briefing Paper Number 7693: Support for UK Veterans. Available at: <>.

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