Military Veterans

We are conscious that some patients registered at our practice may be affected by current events in Afghanistan.  We are accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners as one which specialises in the care of military veterans and their families. All the team have been trained in the care of military veterans and their families. If recent events have affected you and you wish to seek help, please come forward.

We are constantly updating our practice records and encouraging those who have served in the military for at least one day, reservists and close family members of those serving to let us know.

This is so we can help ensure that we aren’t missing any opportunities to signpost to advice and services, either now or in the future.

Please find below some useful links of organisations offering support as well as further information.

  • Forward Assist is charity that facilitates ‘post traumatic growth’ for military veterans with combat experience and unresolved trauma issues, providing support and guidance to former servicemen and women experiencing difficulties in adjusting to a new life as a civilian. They specialise in working with unemployed veterans and those with direct experience of homelessness, involvement with the criminal justice system, family breakdown and/or chronic social exclusion.  They use community benefit projects to give military veterans a sense of purpose, belonging, identity and direction. These projects provide veterans with an opportunity to utilise their transferable skills and benefit the communities in which they live.  They have a weekly drop in and associated activities include fishing, archery, gym sessions, photography and model making. The activities promote mental and physical well-being, but also facilitate an opportunity to consult with Forward Assist staff and other veterans to develop needs led services and interventions.  A veterans drop in is held every Tuesday morning and there is a welfare benefits adviser who can give veterans a full benefits check. Forward Assist also has a gender specific group aimed at addressing the needs of women.
  • Op-Courage – The NHS Launched Op Courage in March 2021. Call 0800 652 2867 or email: [email protected] The service will be operational over the festive period.
  • Poppy Pod Village – Free breaks for Service families located in New Forest National Park, is the Tile Barn Outdoor Centre’s legacy to Armed Forces personnel. These Pods are here in perpetuity to recognise and remember the sacrifices made and faced by the Armed Forces Community.
  • Big White Wall
  • British Army – Welfare and support
  • Combat Stress 24-hour helpline
  • Help for Heroes
  • Not Forgotten Association
  • Reserve Forces Act 1996
  • The Royal British Legion
  • Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen Families Association (SSAFA Forces Help).
  • NHS website, Veterans: mental health
  • Veterans UK