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.
Explore the self-help section on the Veterans’ Gateway website. This covers all welfare needs of veterans, including housing, employment, finances, and much more. Find the most relevant information for your area by selecting “your location” (text beside the search box)
The vaccine for Covid-19 is now available:
The NHS has drawn up a list of eligible groups for the vaccination. If you do not meet these criteria you will need to wait to be contacted. You are strongly advised to get the vaccination once the NHS contacts you.
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.
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.
Recent changes across the UK
In England, from the 29th March, up to 6 people or 2 households can meet outside. Shielding ends on 31st March. There are still restrictions in Northern Ireland, with the next review taking place on or before the 15th April.
In Scotland people are being asked to “stay local” from the 2nd April, with further easing from the 5th April. Even though the “stay local” was lifted in Wales on the 27th March you still need to have a reasonable excuse, such as work to travel in and of Wales. And holiday accomodation is only available for locals.
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.
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.