However, up to 700,000 do not.
It costs £21 a year and gives a third off all tickets. There is a minimum fare of £12 before 10am on weekdays.
Overseen by the cross-government Office for Veterans Affairs, eligibility would be determined by the new Veterans’ ID Card being rolled out from this year. Spouses and dependent children will be able to travel at a discount with the railcard holder. It will save users substantial sums e.g. nearly £38 on an off-peak return from Leeds to London.
This is the first time that veterans’ affairs are being overseen by dedicated ministers in the Cabinet Office to ensure the whole of government pulls together to deliver the life-long support our veterans deserve – this Railcard is a demonstration of this cross-government working delivering for veterans.
The Strategy outlines a new vision and principles to support those who served, in areas including community and relationships, employment and skills, health and wellbeing, finance and debt, housing, and contact with the law.
A new ID card for armed forces veterans makes it easier for them to verify their service and access specialist help and support.
We legislated to give the Armed Forces Covenant a statutory foundation, introducing a requirement for the Secretary of State for Defence to report annually to Parliament on progress in delivering Covenant commitments.
This supports Armed Forces communities under four broad funding themes: removing barriers to family life; extra support after service for those that need help; measures to integrate military and civilian communities; non-core healthcare services for veterans.
In signing the Armed ForcesCovenant we have committed – among other things – to striving to support the employment of Service spouses and partners; seeking to support employees who choose to be members of the Reserve forces, including by accommodating their training and deployment; and pro-actively marketing all vacancies to the veteran community. We will also offer serving and retired military personnel a discounted rate for Party Conference.