Using your veteran’s card as a service leaver

Veterans ID Card

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The HM Armed Forces Veteran Card

A HM Armed Forces Veteran Card is a quick and easy way to prove your status as a veteran.

It’s a recognition of your service and can be one of the ways that helps you maintain a link with your service identity.

Getting a Veteran Card

If you have left service since 2019, you should have received a HM Armed Forces Veteran Card when leaving.

If you left service before 2019, you will be able to apply for an HM Armed Forces Veteran card soon.

Ways to use a Veteran Card

There are many services available to ex-members of the armed forces.

To access these services some organisations, including charities, may need to verify that you are a veteran. This is to ensure that only those who are eligible access services specifically for veterans and their families.

As a veteran you can prove your status in many ways, and a HM Armed Forces Veteran Card is a simple way to do this.

For example, you need to verify your veteran status when you:

  • get a Veterans’ railcard, entitling you up to up to a third off most rail travel in England, Scotland and Wales
  • get a Defence Discount Service Card, to claim discounts in over 12,000 restaurants and shops, on the high street and online
  • access specific offers during special events. For example, free travel on public transport to and from remembrance events on the weekend of Remembrance Sunday

More information on the veterans card and how to obtain one can be found here Using a Veteran Card as a service leaver – GOV.UK (