Travel discounts for veterans on the way

We are introducing the United Kingdom's first ever veterans rail card to help boost veteran's job prospects and strengthen family bonds through cheaper travel.

Those who apply will receive a third off their rail fares.  We aim to have the card up and running by Armistice Day of this year and it is the start of our new veterans strategy to support former service men and women.

I understand that over 800,000 people will be eligible for the card.

Cabinet Office Minister for the newly established Office for Veterans Affairs said:

"The Office for Veterans’ Affairs was set up to get things done for our veterans. I am pleased to see that the OVA is already able to show it is achieving just this, working with the Department for Transport to deliver this railcard."

We need to do more to look after the people who selflessly put their lives on the line to look after us and so while I am pleased that this card has come to fruition, I will continue to lobby for further changes to assist veterans and their families, better recognition of veterans within our public services system and increased awareness of the support already available to those leaving the forces.