Using an HM Armed Forces Veteran Card as a service leaver

The HM Armed Forces Veteran Card

The 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.

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 an 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 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, such as free travel on public transport to and from remembrance events on the weekend of Remembrance Sunday

There are other services and government initiatives available to veterans where your Veteran Card may be useful.

Examples of services and government initiatives for veterans include:

National Insurance Relief for your employer in your first civilian role after service for up to 12 months.

Housing support and guidance from the Op FORTITUDE team.

Exemption from a local connection test when applying for social housing (if you were serving in the regular forces at any time in the 5 years before your application). For further guidance, see Social housing allocations guidance.

Support and services from criminal justice agencies such as the Police, Probation Service and the Prison Service as part of Op NOVA.