Our Covid-19 response
No matter what challenges you face during Covid-19, the Veterans’ Gateway team is here to support you 24/7.
Our experienced advisors (many of whom are also veterans) are available by live chat, phone, text or email (details at top of page).
We will put you in touch with our vetted partners, all of whom fully understand the challenges for veterans.
Find the most relevant information for your area by selecting “your location” (text beside the search box)
How to avoid catching Covid-19
If you have a mobile the quickest way to protect yourself, and your loved ones, is to stay up to date by downloading the NHS Covid_19 app.
Also see the latest NHS guidelines on social distancing, to avoid catching and spreading the virus.
You can make a Christmas bubble, but do protect your loved ones.
Above all, look after yourself by washing your hands regularly, wearing a face mask in enclosed spaces and staying at least 2 metres apart, or 1 if you’re wearing a mask.
The good news is that the vaccines is being rolled out, and you are strongly advised to be vaccinated when you are contacted:
Managing self-isolation and social distancing
During this challenging time stay in touch with your GP for any veteran specific health advice. UK veterans are also entitled to priority access to NHS care for service related conditions.
If you haven’t registered with your doctor use Veterans’ Gateway Local Support, select Physical Health/GPs to quickly find details of your nearest GP.
You can also view local information on the Veterans’ Gateway app. The directory, which is easy to use, groups all NHS facilities across the country, and over 2,000 charitable organisations.
We know that many veterans need to self-isolate due to underlying health conditions. If you would like a friendly chat, our team can put you in touch with organisations that provide a ‘phone buddy’ support network.
Support for mental wellbeing
Support from other veterans
Read our inspiring Veterans’ Stories and find out about the bravery of your ex-service colleagues and how they’ve overcome challenges since returning to civilian life.
Travelling during the pandemic
If you need to travel to a job interview, or for some other acceptable reason see our newly added guide for the Veterans’ Railcard. This tells you everything you need to know about discounted travel for veterans, including who is eligible for the card, how you can apply for the railcard, and where you can use it.
Support for financial queries
Due to the extension of the Furlough Scheme employees will receive 80% of their salary for hours not worked. Mortgages breaks will also be extended under the latest advice.
Support for small businesses
The government has released specific guidance for claiming benefits during the outbreak, including guidance for the self-employed.
Small businesses are particularly vulnerable during the Coronavirus crisis. If you are a small business owner or work for a small business, The Federation of Small Businesses has information that can help you.