East Hampshire District Council has supported a new ID card for armed forces veterans.
Former servicemen are eligible for various benefits but there is currently no quick and easy way for them to prove they are veterans.
The Ministry of Defence’s card will help public sector services and charities to recognise the those who have served their country.
EHDC has signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant, a voluntary statement of mutual support between a civilian community and its local veterans.
Cllr Adam Carew, EHDC’s Champion for the Armed Forces Covenant, said: “EHDC strongly welcomes the roll-out of this new ID card for veterans.
“Building on the important work of the Armed Forces Covenant, this scheme will provide an easy way for former service men and women to prove their identity, removing time-consuming bureaucracy that many ex-service men and women have to deal with, in order to access benefits and discounts afforded to those who have bravely served our country.”
The card will not be held by all veterans as it is being rolled out in tranches. The absence of a veterans ID card should not be seen as proof that a person is not a veteran and existing verification methods should be used in that case.
For more information go to the website: www.veterans-uk.info