Update on Veterans ID Cards
A lot of work is currently going on across Government, the Charity Sector and other providers to improve services for Veterans, all linked to the Armed Forces Covenant. The delay in offering an ID card to Veterans more widely, is partly so that MOD can complete work to consider how best a future card, or veterans identity approach, can support these services for veterans in the future.
Unfortunately this work is going to take more time to resolve and there is no current stated date from which cards will be issued, however updates will be posted on:
Afghanistan - Recent Events
We are conscious that some patients registered at Portsdown Group Practice may be affected by current events in Afghanistan. Portsdown Group Practice is accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners as one which specialises in the care of military veterans and their families. All the team have been trained in the care of military veterans and their families. If recent events have affected you and you wish to seek help, please come forward.
Expert help is also available from Op COURAGE which is the Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service.
Portsdown Group continues to fulfil its commitment to our Veteran Community. In the last 2 years the number of Veterans registered with the Practice has increased by 127%, whilst members of a Veteran family have increased by 77%. The upward trend continues regarding the number of Veterans who are Carers, and who have a Carer, with the numbers increasing by 92% and 11% respectively.
A large number of Armed Forces veterans have not claimed their pension
Veterans UK have recently conducted a survey to trace those that may be entitled and have written to around 13,000 veterans who may have a potential claim. To date there have only been 5,000 responses and of which 3,000 have now started to receive their pension. The missing claims represent around £23m in pension payments and a further £20m in pension lump sums. Therefore, should you, a family member or friend have been contacted by JPAC and invited to submit a claim and have not yet responded, you are encouraged, or please advise them to do so.
To prevent any delays, or issues tracing you at a later date, please contact the JPAC Enquiry Centre on 0800 085 3600 and/or complete the relevant form at www.gov.uk. Once any application form is received, JPAC will advise of receipt and then details of your pension payments will follow.
Veterans in the news!
Enhanced Learning Credits, Further and Higher Education Scheme Changes for Veterans
The people pictured are all military veterans who volunteered to help out at the covid clinics conducted over the last weekend, when over 3,700 vaccines were given. Portsdown Group Practice salutes them all!