Royal Hospital Chelsea Signs Armed Forces Covenant

The Royal Hospital Chelsea has signed the Armed Forces Covenant.

The covenant is a pledge for those who sign it to acknowledge that former and service personnel and their families “should be treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy, and society they serve with their lives”. The Royal Hospital Chelsea offers accommodation and care and has been the home to the Chelsea Pensioners, the iconic veterans of the British Army, since 1692.

A Twitter account representing the Chelsea Pensioners said it was “thrilled” to have signed the Armed Forces Covenant.

“As a preferred employer of service leavers and other service personnel, reservists, and military wives, we’re committed to reducing any barriers they may face in employment, housing, healthcare, and education,” the post continued.

The aim of the covenant is to help members of the Armed Forces community have the same access to Government and commercial services and products as any other citizen and making sure they are not disadvantaged by their military service.

Some of these areas include health, housing, education, financial assistance, and family well-being.

About 300 Army veterans live at the Royal Hospital, including those who have served in Korea, the Falkland Islands, Cyprus, Northern Ireland, and the Second World War, as well as some who have served in campaigns. To qualify to live at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, you have to be a former soldier of the British Army over the age of 65 who is facing spending their advanced years alone.