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Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day will be on Saturday, 28 June 2014.

It's an opportunity to do two things. Firstly, to raise public awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who serve and have served in Her Majesty's Armed Forces, Secondly, it gives the nation an opportunity to Show Your Support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families and from veterans to cadets.

Across the country people are getting involved: communities hold local events and business show their support.

The National Event will be held in Stirling, but many more events will be held up and down the country in support of Armed Forces Day.

If you want to know more about the Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force or meet members of local units, then why not attend an event or hold one yourself? Find out how you can get involved and what's going on in your area so that you too can celebrate Armed Forces Day in support of our nation.

Who are the Armed Forces?

The UK Armed Forces defend the UK and its interests. We are busy working around the world, promoting peace, delivering aid, tackling drug smugglers and providing security and fighting terrorism.

The current main UK military effort is in Afghanistan. We are operating there successfully, with lots of other countries, to provide a more stable and secure Afghanistan to help ensure a safer Britain and world.

Your support for the Armed Forces provides a much valued morale boost for the troops and their families. Why not take a moment to find out what they are doing and why? Find out more about operations the UK Armed Forces are involved in around the world, or visit the official sites of the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force.

Veterans

A veteran is anyone who has served in HM Armed Forces at any time (including National Servicemen, Regulars and Reserves). There is extra help and support available to veterans, both during resettlement and after leaving.

The Ministry of Defence website has more information on many aspects of life in, alongside and after the Armed Forces.

Veterans-UK website

The Veterans-UK website is the one-stop shop to find out about the help available to you. It is run by the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency (which is an agency of the Ministry of Defence), and includes information on:

  • The War Pension and Armed Forces Pensions schemes
  • How to access your Service records
  • Compensation
  • Who can apply for a veterans lapel badge
  • Medals
  • Welfare support, including the Veterans Welfare Service
  • Advice on veterans services
  • Links to the ex-Service charities and organisations in your area.

Veterans helpline

You can also find out about all these services by calling the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency's free helpline on 0800 169 2277.

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