Veterans’ Gateway, a new service for veterans, is ready to assist veterans with pension problems this Pension Awareness Day (15 September 2017), with some key pieces of advice on Armed Forces pensions.

Providing a first point of contact for veterans who need support, Veterans’ Gateway connects users with the right organisation that can help on a range of issues including housing, finance, mental health and employment.

Since the launch of the service, pensions advice is one of the most common subjects that individuals using Veterans’ Gateway have sought help and guidance on.

With this in mind, to mark Pension Awareness Day, the service has joined forces with its expert referral partner, Forces Pension Society, to issue five key facts that all veterans should know about their forces pension:

  1. If you leave the forces early you must claim your pension yourself. You should claim 3-6 months before you reach the pension age for your scheme. It will not happen automatically. So make sure you remember and when the time comes get in touch with Veterans UK.
  2. If you have an injury or illness which is caused by something that happened when you were serving you might qualify for a disability award – this is true even if the injury or illness started after you had retired.
  3. If you are getting divorced the arrangements for sharing your pension can be very complicated. You must get legal advice.
  4. If you are still serving it can make sense to buy extra pension - this can give you more money in the long run, and the sooner you start to think about this the better.
  5. The timing of your retirement can make a difference to the pension you get – it is good to take advice about this.

Veterans’ Gateway is a consortium project delivered by The Royal British Legion, Combat Stress, SSAFA – the Armed Forces charity, Poppyscotland and Connect Assist.

If you have any questions on your pension, contact Veterans’ Gateway on: 0808 802 1212 Text: 81212 or visit: www.veteransgateway.org.uk