Veterans and reservists of the armed forces

What is a veteran and a reservist?

We work closely with our partners to ensure that service personnel, their families, veterans and reservists have access to the help and support they need.

We understand the importance of supporting those who have sacrificed so much in the line of duty for our country. We will always try to ensure that veterans are supported in their adjustment to civilian life, and, in some cases, to recover physically or mentally from their experiences serving their country.

Information to help and advise armed forces veterans on a number of different issues they may face:

Benefits and finance

The Royal British Legion (RBL) provides financial, social and emotional care and support to all members of the British Armed Forces - past and present and their families.

For more information go to the RBL website

The RBL also runs MoneyForce, the home of money guidance for UK service people. A joint initiative between Standard Life Charitable Trust, The Royal British Legion and the Ministry of Defence, the MoneyForce website aims to assist all service personnel, their partners, families and dependants, to be better equipped to manage their money and financial affairs.

Service Personnel and Veterans Agency (SPVA) provides pay, pension and support services to both military personnel and the veterans’ community. The Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee (VAPC) was appointed to give a regional focus providing advice, assistance and support to servicemen and ex-service community.

For more information go to the website

Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) provides practical, emotional and financial support to anyone who is serving or has ever served and their families.

In particular they offer advice on housing, debt, mobility issues, buying household goods, military mental illness, transition support, bereavement, homelessness, support for offenders and ex-offenders and residential housing.

For more information go to the website.

Rewards for Forces is the UK's largest discount website featuring thousands of national and local discounts.

The discounts are available for serving personnel and their partners of the Navy, Army, Air Force and veterans, service widows/widowers, reservists, cadets, MOD civil servants and the Royal British Legion.

Further information about membership and the offers available.

Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committees (VAPC)advise veterans and their families on their needs, issues and concerns. VAPC is an advisory body sponsored by the Ministry of Defence.

Formerly known as the War Pensions Committees, VAPC advise and liaise with veterans, their families and relevant organisations on their needs, issues and concerns. They assist, raise awareness, advocate and provide governance to the veterans’ community, and champion the rights of veterans and their families where there is injustice, inequality or a lack of fairness.

Further details about the support VAPC can provide

Journeys of Remembrance

The Royal British Legion has a grant-funding scheme running until the end of the 2018 calendar year to assist Veterans in making return visits to where they served.

More information -


Career Transition Partnership (CTP) is a partnering agreement between the Ministry of Defence and Right Management Ltd, who are global career development and outplacement specialists and part of the ManpowerGroup.

The CTP provides resettlement services for those leaving the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force and Marines. Regardless of time served, all members of the Armed Forces can benefit from CTP support when leaving Service.

This service brings together a number of different services into one, which aims to provide seamless support to service leavers. The services which CTP offer include:

  • core resettlement programme
  • employment support programme
  • early service leaver programme
  • spouse employment support trial
  • reservists employment support.

For more information visit their website.

Remploy helps disabled veterans to prepare for and find employment after the Armed Forces. Their support includes:

  • skills development
  • confidence building
  • work preparation, including CV writing and application support
  • access to the latest local vacancies
  • ongoing support when you start work, including advice on any reasonable adjustments you may need
  • advice and guidance on career progression.

*Support is delivered through the Government's Work Choice programme, eligibility criteria apply.

Remploy also helps veterans experiencing depression, anxiety, stress or other mental health issues in the workplace. Their Workplace Mental Health Support Service enables individuals to overcome the issues they are experiencing at work, so that they can remain in their job.

For more information go to their website

Mission Motorsport is run by veterans, serving officers and motorsport professionals. We are appointed as the Combined Services’ official providers of adaptive motorsport, seeking wherever possible to merge the activities of the disabled and those in need with able bodied servicemen and women.

Appointed by the British Army Motorsport Association, and operating in direct support of the Defence Recovery Capability, Mission Motorsport provides respite, rehabilitation, vocational support and training to those affected by military operations within the framework of Motorsport.

For more information visit the website

Helping you into employment - Launchpad poster (pdf format, 178Kb)

Further information sources

Work Choice is a service provided by the county council, tasked with finding and sustaining work for adults who have a disability. The service can offer:

  • end-to-end support to seek and sustain employment
  • support to identify and make career changes
  • links to benefit advice
  • workshops and 1:1 sessions to develop CVs and increase employability skills

For further information please go to our dedicated page.

Health and wellbeing

Blue Badge Pass - If you are disabled, a Blue Badge helps you to park closer to your destination when travelling as either a driver or a passenger.

For more information

Blesma The Limbless Veterans is a national charity that directly supports all of our servicemen and women who have lost limbs and the use of limbs or the loss of eyesight in their service. Every year, the organisation runs Blesma Week, an annual week of fundraising and awareness raising activities in aid of injured veterans.

Every penny raised from activities during Blesma Week will benefit injured veterans, young and old. This support will ensure that servicemen and women, who have served our country and suffered limb loss, can lead independent and fulfilling lives.

Further details on how to get involved in Blesma Week

The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home (QAHH) is a Sussex-based military charity supporting veterans from all over the UK. Today it continues to provide both long-term residential care and short-term respite stays for ex-servicemen and women with a wide range of disabilities and conditions, who come from all over the UK to take advantage of their specialist services.

QAHH care for veterans with a wide range of disabilities including single and multiple amputation, paraplegia, and tetraplegia. 90 per cent of the people cared for are wheelchair uses. Alongside those with physical disabilities, QAHH specialise in the rehabilitation of veterans with neurological disabilities such as acquired brain injury, motor neurone disease or stroke.

For further details go to the website

Oxford Veterans Group

Outreach Meeting

Supporting H.M. Armed Forces veterans, reservists, and their families living in or around Oxford. More information (pdf format, 230Kb) including venue and dates.

Housing and homelessness

If you want to find out:

  • how to apply for housing
  • what to do if you are homeless
  • how to apply for grants to improve your home
  • setails of local housing associations
  • how to apply for housing benefit
  • information about affordable housing schemes in your area

you need to contact your local district council:

Alabare is a charity which works with vulnerable and marginalised people in our communities, to support them towards gaining the independence they need to move on with their lives.

Their ‘Homes for Veterans’ service has been specifically created to help veterans overcome all kinds of crises. The charity’s aim is provide veterans with the skills and confidence needed to move in to their own accommodation, work or training.

For more information visit their website

Amicus Trust is an organisation, based in Bedfordshire, which provides accommodation for veterans who are homeless or are at risk of homelessness.

Applications for accommodation are welcome from veterans all across the UK, not just Bedfordshire.

For more information visit their website.

Mental health

Combat Stress is a veterans’ mental health charity that support veterans in two main areas.

One, by running a community outreach service in Oxfordshire (last Monday in the month), which provides help to veterans with benefit entitlements, money problems and other day-to-day problems.

The second way involves more intensive treatment for service-related mental health problems and they provide clinical treatment at their three short-stay residential treatment centres (Shropshire, Surrey and Ayrshire). They also run a Well-being and Rehabilitation Programme, which is available to all veterans receiving treatment at their short stay treatment centres, this is part of structured occupational therapy model.

For more information go to their website

TalkingSpace Plus is a partnership between; Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, Oxfordshire Mind, and Principal Medical Limited (PML).

This partnership offers a range of talking treatments and wellbeing activities to help people overcome depression, anxiety and stay well. The partnership welcomes referrals from people who have served in the armed forces, and their therapies have previously proven effective with other veterans.

The partnership’s staff are trained to work with people from a range of backgrounds and experiences, and to provide a welcoming and non-judgemental environment.

You can refer yourself to this service by:

  • Complete TalkingSpace Plus’ online self-referralfrom.
  • By writing to: TalkingSpace Plus, Oxbridge Court, Osney Mead, Oxford OX2 0ES. Please include your: name, address, date of birth, NHS number, and contact number

For more information please visit the website.

The Warrior Programme is a three-day motivation and training programme with 12 month structured support and signposting service.

The Warrior Programme runs residential programmes in London, SW and NW for veterans. The programme is ideally suited to individuals who are not fulfilling their potential, stuck, frustrated, angry, guilty, unsure, lacking in confidence, struggling with the transition into non-service life.

The coaching programme teaches participants practical, effective tools, techniques and strategies to improve performance and motivation. The course outcomes are to improve confidence, self reliance, resilience, independence, self-belief, managing self, mood and emotions.

For more information go to their website.

The SCVS (South Central Veteran Service) is a specialist NHS mental health assessment, signposting and treatment service for ex-servicemen and women. The service is available for anyone who:

  • served in any of the British Armed Forces (and has received at least one day’s pay).
  • served in the Royal Naval Reserve, Territorial Army Volunteer Reserve, Royal Air Force Reserve.

For further information about what SCVS offers, or to discuss options for a veteran currently under your care, please visit their website or

The Joining Forces Veterans Mental Health App – This app is designed for Veterans of the British Armed Forces, providing information on mental health problems and highlighting where to get help.

The app can be downloaded from itunes.


Reservists work alongside their regular counterparts to deliver military capability

The government's plans to sustain and grow the UK’s Reserve Forces were published on 3 July 2013 in the White Paper Reserves in the Future Force 2020.

Reservists work alongside their regular counterparts to deliver the military capability the nation needs in an integrated fashion. The MOD are aligning the Reserves more closely with the Regulars in all areas, including training, equipment and remuneration, while continuing to recognise the specific demands reserve service makes.

Employing a Reservist
Oxfordshire is an identified priority area and the Council will be providing community leadership in supporting the Armed Forces with their recruitment campaign.  We would encourage businesses to pledge their support for employing reservists.  An outline of the pledges you could make and for assistance in becoming a reservist employer can be found on the SaBRE (Supporting Britain's Reservists and Employers) website:

Becoming a Reservist
If you’re interested in becoming a Reservist, take a look at the following websites for more details about the roles available and how to join.

The Army Reserve
The Royal Air Force Reserves
The Royal Navy Reserves
The Royal Marine Reserves
Working for OCC as a Reservist
Oxfordshire County Council recognises the vital role of the Reserve Forces and the valuable contribution that reservists make to the country’s defence, to their communities and to the civilian workplace.

As an employer, we positively support staff who are reservists.

Our pledge of support for reservist employees:

Up to 2 weeks paid leave each year to attend military training camp (pro rata for part time staff)
a flexible working policy to assist with military commitments
management support in preparation for, during and after mobilisation
access to an Occupational Health service
access to an employee support line, a confidential counselling service
eligibility for sickness absence pay in line with terms and conditions
eligibility for maternity, paternity and adoption leave in line with terms and conditions
death in service scheme (only applicable if in the pension scheme)
the County Council will encourage the reservist to keep in contact at a social level with friends and colleagues from their workplace during periods of mobilisation