Personnel who have left the military since December 2018 will automatically be given one of the new ID cards, which will allow them to maintain a tangible link to their career in the forces.
The cards allow veterans to easily verify their service to the NHS, their local authority, and charities, helping them to access support and services where needed.
All other veterans will be able to apply for a new ID card by the end of this year.
The new ID card is one of three that are available to service leavers. Personnel leaving the Armed Forces are also able to keep their military IDs, known as the MOD Form 90, allowing them to maintain their emotional connection with their service. Additionally, veterans can access a range of discounts through the Defence Discount Service, the official MOD-endorsed service for the armed forces.
For further information on the Veteran ID cards visit:
For details on how to apply once the scheme is rolled out to service leavers who left the Armed Forces before December 2018, keep an eye on the www.gov.uk.