Service Personnel, Veterans and Families

UPDATED 08.05.2024
In this section you can find support for the following:
- Service, Personnel, Veterans and Families
- Trauma and Bereavement

Service, Personnel, Veterans and Families 

Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Clubs - AFVBC 

Network of self- reliant clubs throughout UK. Open to all serving or veteran members of HM Armed Forces. Find your nearest club on the website.

Army Benevolent Fund 

The Army’s national charity giving lifetime support to serving and retired soldiers, as well as their families.

Help For Heroes 

Supporting and raising money for members of the Armed Forces who have been wounded in service.

Hire A Hero 

Supports armed service leavers and veterans to make the successful transition into civilian life. 

National Gulf Veterans and Families Association - NGVFA 

Supporting those affected by the Gulf Wars and conflict in Afghanistan.
Email: info@ngvfa.org.uk 

Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association - SSAFA 

Providing support to anyone serving in the Armed Forces, as well as those who used to serve and their families, services include financial assistance, emotional support and a confidential helpline.
Helpline: 0800 260 6767 (lines open Monday - Friday 09:00-17:00)
Live Chat: (online Monday – Friday 09.00 -17.00)

Support Services Listing 

MOD information on support services for military and defence personnel and their families. 

The Royal British Legion 

Offering financial, social and emotional support to anyone who has served or are currently serving in the Armed Forces, and their dependants.
Helpline: 0808 802 8080 (lines open every day 0800-2000)
Live chat: (online every day 8am – 8pm)

Veterans Gateway 

Putting veterans and their families in touch with organisations offering information, advice and support from healthcare and housing to employability, finances and personal relationships.
Advice Line: 0808 802 12 12 (lines open 24 hours)
Live chat: (online everyday, 24 hours)

Veterans - UK 

Providing welfare, support and specialist programmes for anyone who has served in the Armed Forces.
Helpline: 0808 1914 2 18 (lines open Monday – Friday 0800 – 1600)

Trauma and Bereavement

ASSIST Trauma Care 

Providing support services to individuals and families affected by traumatic stress and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.


Formerly known as The British Limbless Ex-Service Men’s Association. BLESMA promotes the welfare and wellbeing of former and currently serving service men and women, post limb loss.

Combat Stress 

Combat Stress offer mental health support to veterans.  Free-to-call helplines are available 24/7, 365 days a year, for veterans, serving military personnel, and their loved ones. They offer confidential emotional support and guidance, and can support with referrals to clinical services.
Helpline for veterans: 0800 138 1619
Helpline for serving personnel: 0800 323 4444
Email: helpline@combatstress.org.uk 
Text: 07537 173 683 (standard charges may apply)

Cruse - Bereaved Military Family  

Part of Cruse bereavement to support anyone who’s loved one has died in the Armed Forces.
Helpline: 0808 808 1677 (lines open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 09.30 – 15.00, Tuesday 13.00 – 20.00)
Email: helpline@cruse.org.uk 

Douglas Bader Foundation 

Online guide for anyone with congenital or acquired limb loss, as well as their families, including emotional, physical and psychological support for limb loss.

PTSD Resolution 

National network of counsellors available to help forces veterans, reservists and their families who have experienced military trauma.