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Veterans to retain military ID, allowing easier access to services

Personnel leaving the armed forces will now be able to keep their military ID, Minister for Defence People and Veterans Tobias Ellwood has announced.

The move will allow veterans to maintain their emotional connection with the armed forces, allowing them to keep the card they have carried on them throughout their career. Retaining their ID card, known as the MOD Form 90, will also allow service leavers to be identified as veterans quickly and easily, aiding their transition into civilian life.

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D-Day veterans invited to register for 75th Anniversary

On the 74th anniversary of the Normandy Landings veterans of D-Day are invited to register to take part in commemorations planned for June 2019.

The sailors, marines, soldiers and airmen who helped pave the way for the liberation of Europe have been honoured on the 74th anniversary of the Normandy Landings.

Services of remembrance were held in Bayeux, France to mark 74 years since Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy on 6th June 1944, paving the way for the liberation of France and the end of the Second World War.

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Team UK unveiled for the Invictus Games Sydney 2018

The UK team for the 2018 Invictus Games was unveiled this morning in central London.

The first official gathering of the 72-strong team of wounded, injured and sick (WIS) serving military personnel and Veterans took place early this morning at Horse Guards Parade in London.

Help for Heroes is responsible for training, selecting and developing the UK team and this year saw record numbers of hopefuls apply to be on the UK team. The team is comprised of 13 Serving members of the Armed Forces and 59 Veterans. 64% of those selected are new to the Invictus Games.

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Updated – Service leavers guide

The service leavers guide offers information and advice prior to and after leaving regular service.

The guide contains information about armed forces pensions, resettlement, reserve liability and support from charitable organisations.

Of particular importance to service leavers is the Pen 1 form which should be completed at the 6 month point prior to your last day of service using the link on your JPA account.

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Defence Secretary launches first ever Veterans Strategy and new cross-Government Veterans Unit

Veterans’ homelessness, loneliness, debt problems, and mental health issues will be tackled by the first ever Government Veterans Strategy, announced today by Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson.

The ground-breaking strategy has been commissioned by the Defence Secretary and today it will be confirmed that a new Veterans Unit with input from across Whitehall will be created.

The Veterans Unit will champion the changing needs of the ex-service community and ensure action is taken to meet these.

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7th July – RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day

The Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton International Air Day will open its gates on Saturday 7 July 2018 to 40,000 visitors, just as it did over 70 years ago, in 1947 at its first ever Open Day. As one of the Southwest’s largest one day events, the award-winning Somerset airshow offers an action-packed day out for all the family with thrilling flying displays and amazing ground attractions. Over five hours of incredible flying displays will feature fast jets, historic warbirds, helicopters and formation display teams. There are already some rare and exciting aircraft confirmed.

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Service family accommodation

A guide for service families about applying for, maintaining, moving in and out of and living in UK service family accommodation (SFA).
The provision of good quality living accommodation for service personnel and their families is an important priority for the Ministry of Defence (MOD).
The MOD’s Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) manages around 50,000 properties in the UK including planning targeted improvement programmes and planning future requirements. On behalf of the DIO, CarillionAmey, manages a comprehensive maintenance service; the allocation of properties; SFA furniture; conducting move in and move out appointments; and the provision of improvements.

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Rededication and burial services for first world war soldiers

A burial service will be held in the morning of Tuesday 27 March at Bailleul Road East Cemetery, France for 1 soldier of the first world war.

The remains of a soldier of the Royal Scots were discovered by a team of workmen near to Athiens. Given the location of where the remains were found it is a possibility that this soldier was killed during the Battle of Arras in April 1917. However there are still too many soldiers of the Royal Scots missing from that battle to identify this soldier.

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Updated – Defence people mental health and wellbeing strategy

Ministry of Defence strategy to improve the mental health and wellbeing of the armed forces, their families, veterans, and defence civilians.

Extract from Preface by Lieutenant General Richard Nugee Chief of Defence People:
“Since the publication of the Armed Forces Mental Health Strategy 2011, the mental health and wellbeing of our Defence People has been a subject of substantial investment and focus. At the time of writing it is extremely newsworthy and it seems everybody has something to say about it.

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UK armed forces mental health care delivered in the primary healthcare setting 2013/14 to 2015/16 and AFCS awards for service attributable mental health 6 April 2005 to 31 March 2017

Statistics on UK armed forces personnel assessed with a mental disorder in primary health care and veterans with awards under the AFCS for service-attributable mental disorders.

This ad hoc statistical bulletin provides the number of UK armed forces personnel who were assessed and treated in primary health care for a mental disorder, looking to further understand how many of these were seen solely within primary health care and how many were referred to MOD Department of Community Mental health (DCMH) for specialist mental health treatment.

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