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NHS services for veterans – supporting the Armed Forces community

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Commemorations were held on 7 October 2021 to mark the 20th anniversary of the start of
UK military operations in Afghanistan. In the UK at exactly 11:00 in Afghan time, wreaths
were laid at the Bastion Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire,
another wreath was laid at the Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial near the Ministry of Defence in
Central London.
Given recent events in Afghanistan, NHS England and NHS Improvement, together with our
Armed Forces Patient and Public Voice Group, has been supporting the Armed Forces
community, by raising awareness of Op COURAGE and other NHS services for veterans.
This has included issuing Op COURAGE information to front line responders, sharing stories
from veterans and their families, encouraging GP practices and NHS trusts to become
veteran aware and veteran friendly and attending the RCGP Primary Care Conference with
the Veteran Friendly Accredited Practices team to educate GPs on the health needs of
veterans and services available to them.
Read about How to get the most from your GP, as featured in Civvy Street magazine, along
with a message from Rob Shenton, NHS England and NHS Improvement Patient and Public
Voice and lived experience group member, on getting help from Op COURAGE.
For more information on any NHS services for Service leavers, veterans, reservists, and
their families, visit and follow us on Twitter