Armed Forces Veterans

Armed forces healthcare

See this NHS guide to help you can get if you’re in military service, or are a veteran.

See the RCGP leaflet for top tips for veterans.

Veterans: NHS mental health services

Mental health problems are common and can affect anyone, including veterans and their families.

See this NHS page on mental health services available if you’re in military service, or are a veteran.


Blesma, The Limbless Veterans, is an Armed Forces charity dedicated to assisting serving and ex-Service men and women who have suffered life-changing limb loss or the use of a limb, an eye or sight.

They support these men and women in their communities throughout the UK.

Telephone: 020 8590 1124



Combat Stress

Combat Stress are the UK’s leading charity for veteran’ s mental health.

For a century we’ve been helping former servicemen and women deal with issues like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression. Today we provide specialist treatment and support for veterans from every service and conflict to give them hope and a future.

Telephone: 0800 138 1619

Text: 07537 404719



Help for Heroes - Hidden Wounds Service

Help for Heroes’ Hidden Wounds Service provides free and confidential support to Ex-Service Personnel, their families and the families of those still serving.

Telephone: 0808 2020 144



NHS Mental Health Care for Veterans

Helpful information on mental healthcare for veterans.

Please view:


Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association provide lifelong support to those who are serving or have served in the British Army, Royal Navy, Royal Marines or the Royal Air Force, and to their families.

Founded in 1885, they are extremely proud of their long-standing heritage and of all the work they do with inspiring people from Gloucestershire, across the UK and around the world.

Telephone: 0800 731 4880


Veterans' Gateway

The first point of contact for veterans seeking support.

Veterans’ Gateway put veterans and their families in touch with the organisations best placed to help with the information, advice and support they need – from healthcare and housing to employability, finances, personal relationships and more.

Telephone: 08‍08 80‍2 12‍12

Text: 81212


Lunch and Learn

Talks on topics during lunch with an opportunity for brews, wets, meet & greet.

Last Thursday of the month, 12:30  -14:40.


GL3 Community Hub,
Cheltenham Rd East,
Churchdown, Gloucester,
GL3 1HX (opposite TESCO)

Contact: Chris Auker-Howlett (Army Veteran)

Gloucester Community Networking

Tel: 07535 335804



Gloucestershire City Council

The partnership between the NHS and the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has enabled the armed forces to provide modern and advanced clinical care, and give its medical staff the broadest and most up-to-date training and experience.


Breakfast Clubs

Gloucester Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Club meets on the last Saturday of each month at The Toby Carvery, Shurdington Road, Brockworth, Gloucester GL3 4PH.

Reunite with old friends and make new ones. Non member attendance is restricted to carers only; no children, pets or family members.

Telephone: Mark Burton, 07888 984552; Stan Fryatt, 07549 107343

Facebook: @GloucesterArmedForces&VeteransBreakfastClub

Gloucester Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Club poster


The Combined Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Club meets on the second Saturday of each month at the Redgrove Harvester Restaurant, Hatherley Lane, Cheltenham, GL51 6TA.

Telephone: Ray Taylor, 07746 043666; Jim Warnock, O7523 582945

Facebook: CheltenhamCombinedArmedForcesandVeteransBreakfastClub


Cheltenham Combined Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Club poster



Contact is a group of charities working with the NHS and the MOD. They want to make it simpler for the military community to find support with their mental wellbeing.


NHS - Veterans’ Prosthetics

A better deal for military amputees.

The Government recently announced it was making £11 million available to spend on prosthetics and improve rehabilitation services across the country for ex-servicemen and women who are amputees.

The NHS Veterans’ Prosthetics page provides more information on the scheme and how veterans can apply.



The RAF Association is committed to supporting the RAF Family, whether currently serving, or former-serving, in a wide range of ways, delivering help and support where it is needed.

Telephone: 0300 102 1919



Royal British Legion - Veterans' Medical Funds

The Royal British Legion’s Veterans’ Medical Funds programme provides support for veterans with hearing loss and serious physical injury.

Telephone: 0808 802 8080