Armed Forces Support News


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The Armed Forces Covenant Project Manager, Johanna Hrycak, met with Kate Lole (Regional Employer Engagement Director) at an Armed Forces Covenant Awareness event at RAF Halton on 12 March 2019.  CEO of the MK Dons, Maralyn Smith (right), was there to learn more about the covenant, which the Dons will be publically signing on the pitch at half time at their match on 6 April 2019.

Veteran ID Cards

A new ID card to help armed forces veterans gain access to specialist support and services has started to be issued.

Official events to mark the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings announced

There are 300 places available to D-day veterans for an all-expenses paid trip to Normandy.   If you think you may be eligible please email us via: or phone 0333 011 4490. 

Thank you

100 years ago, the First World War ended and a new world began. The Royal British Legion is leading the nation in saying Thank You to all who served, sacrificed and changed our world.  They are asking communities to come together and reflect and remember the massive sacrifices made during the First World War and also to say Thank you to those who lived through this tragic time.

Please visit the following link to discover ways of joining the British Legion in saying thank you:

If you wish to purchase a Thank You silhouette to place in your community, the order forms and designs are below:

Silhouettes - Covering Letter Indemnity (DOCX, 25KB)

Silhouettes - Designs - Group Image (PPTX, 3.9MB)

Silhouettes - Designs - Individual Designs (PPTX, 5.6MB)

Silhouettes - Order Form - Corporate (DOCX, 23KB)

Silhouettes - Order Form - Internal (DOCX, 23KB)


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 New Bradwell Clock Tower


NFF Newsletter March 2019

Council to offer extra support for Armed Forces in Milton Keynes (Milton Keynes Citizen)

Rifles squadron rewarded for service with 'Freedom of Milton Keynes' honour (ITV News)

Bronze Award for Milton Keynes Council

Milton Keynes Council has been awarded a Bronze Certificate (PDF, 395KB) in recognition of its support for existing and former members of the armed forces. 

Combat Stress

From Strength to Strength, find out how Combat Stress has helped a local volunteer. See page 14 – 15 (PDF, 2.4MB).

Cadet Expansion Scheme

Are you interested in setting up a Cadet Unit (Combined Cadet Force or Sea Cadet unit) within your school?

Cadet Units give students the chance to learn new skills - such as leadership and self-reliance - based on the traditions and values of the armed forces.

If you are a government funded school and interested in exploring further please look at the guide on the website where you can register your interest, check eligibility and find lots of information including what you need to do to set up a new cadet unit.

The University of Northampton is currently conducting a study on the impact of cadet forces and the benefits to society; the Interim Report for this study is available and would make interesting reading for head teachers. The report can be accessed via the University of Northampton website.

Women’s land army and timber corps: veteran's badge application form

Veterans of the Women’s land army and timber corps who served during the First or Second World Wars or at any time until it was disbanded in 1950 can apply for a badge.  If you are interested please complete the application form.

The  2015 Armed Forces Covenant Annual Report  was published in December and sets out major achievements of the Armed Forces Covenant and highlights remaining challenges and new commitments and covers the four areas specified in the Armed Forces Act 2011:

  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Housing
  • Operation of inquests

It also covers a number of other topics that are relevant to the members of the Armed Forces community.

Disability Confident campaign

Discounted rail travel

If you are a member or a spouse/civil partner of a member of the Regular Armed Forces or Volunteer Reserves then you are eligible for the HM Forces Railcard

Discounts to Veterans - Free Defence Privilege Card offers

Veterans' Gateway has partnered with The Defence Discount Service (DDS) and are offering free discount cards to eligible members of the Armed Forces community.  

The DDS is the official Ministry of Defence discount service for the Armed Forces. The service offers veterans discounts online and in shops across the country.

The DDS is exclusively offering Defence Privilege Cards free to a select number of HM Armed Forces veterans who register as part of the Veterans' Gateway project.

The card usually costs £4.99 per year. There are a limited number of free cards available each year until 2019 under the Veterans' Gateway partnership. The card is valid for five years and clients will need to renew it thereafter.

Visit the Veterans' Gateway website for more information about the Defence Privilege Card. To apply, visit the Veterans' Gateway partnership page on the DDS website and use the password vetgateway at the bottom of the page.

Last Updated: 9 April 2019