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The Forces Net have recently posted an “updated” article about the Veterans ID Cards from which Phase 2 was launched in January 2024. This affects all personnel that transitioned to Veteran status before December 2018.

The following link Veteran ID cards: All you need to know from application process to benefits and more (forces.net) takes you to the News article which has been repeated below for ease with the key areas in bold.

National Secretary
February 2024


Veteran ID cards: All you need to know from application process to benefits and more


Julian Perreira
29th January 2024 at 12:40pm


Veterans' delight as second phase of Veteran ID card rollout begins.

Thousands of Armed Forces veterans are able to apply for an ID card, with a new option to apply online.

Veteran ID cards are set to be launched in January 2024 with a new digital application service to verify the status of former Armed Forces personnel.

Former personnel who left the Armed Forces prior to December 2018 can then verify their veteran status online and receive a Veteran Card in the post.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) says it is delivering the service, together with the Office for Veterans’ Affairs, as part of ongoing improvements to veteran support.

Until the Veteran ID card was created, there was no way for veterans to easily prove they had been in the Armed Forces.

Previously, personnel had been required to hand back their ID card, known as a MOD 90, when they were discharged.

What is the Veteran ID card?

The new Veteran ID card provides a memento of service and maintains a tangible link to the Armed Forces, while also allowing veterans to easily verify their service to the NHS, their local authority and charities, enabling them to access support and services where needed.

Army veteran David Cussell said of the new card: "It gives us an identity. We should be able to use it to get on camps when we go for reunions and save money."
"It shows we are part of a big family. No matter what service you were in, we're all veterans together."

How is it being phased in?

Delivery of the new UK Veteran ID card has been rolled out in two phases:

Phase 1: The Veteran ID card had already been provided to all service leavers as part of the discharge process with effect from 18 February 2019, and retrospectively to those who left on or after 17 December 2018.

Phase 2: The scheme has been extended to the wider veteran community.

The Government's rollout of the ID cards has faced criticism.

In November 2022, Labour said it could take 125 years for all those entitled to the cards to receive one based on the then-current speed of the rollout. However, the Government played these claims down and reassured veterans that the rollout was "accelerating".

An example of a Veteran ID card which (Picture: MOD).

What is the application process and what are the other benefits?

Veterans can apply for their cards by visiting the GOV.UK website at gov.uk/veteran-card, including your name, year of birth, and year they left service. They will then receive an email invitation to apply for their card.

A paper-based application process will also be made available for veterans who are unable to use the online service.

Those who left the Armed Forces prior to December 2018 can verify their veteran status online and receive a veteran ID card in the post.

The new digital verification service includes:

  • online applications via GOV.UK
  • identity checks using GOV.UK’s new One Login service
  • automated service checking to confirm veteran status for most applications using MOD service records databases
  • increasing MOD’s secure card printing capacity to deal with the expected applications using a new high-capacity card printing machine

Veterans will be able to use their ID card to apply for the Defence Discount Service card and the Veterans Railcard.

While the Veteran ID card will act as proof of service and veteran status, the Defence Discount Service card is recognised online and in high street shops to obtain Armed Forces discounts on a wide range of things such as holidays, cars, days out, fashion, gifts, insurance and phones.

It is free to sign up to the website and use the online discounts.

To get your card, you can apply for the Defence Discount Service Card here and also find the list of companies that accept the discount card.

From 2019, personnel leaving the Armed Forces are also able to keep their MOD 90 in the hope that it will allow them to maintain their emotional connection with their service.

Corners of their MOD 90 are cut off to indicate the card is no longer valid – although this has raised some concerns about maintaining security at bases and other secure locations.

Anyone interested in advice or details regarding the veteran ID card should contact Veterans UK, which is a 24-hour service that directs ex-forces personnel to a range of support available to them.

Services include housing, financial advice and career guidance.

The RAMC Association

William Boog LeishmanIn 1925, the RAMC Association was formed to further the camaraderie of WW1 Corps veterans with Sir William Leishman being the first President. There are now some 25 branches around UK with a predominantly veteran membership although most serving Corps members also are members centrally. The Association has traditionally been supported by Corps Funds and especially for the expenses of the branch standards and standard bearers.