Are you entitled to a military pension?

A new campaign from Age Cymru is encouraging Armed Forces veterans over the age of 60 to enquire about their eligibility for a military pension.

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Those who were serving at any time from 1975 may be eligible.

Evidence shows Welsh veterans are not claiming what they are entitled to. Additional money could help them live a better quality of life in their old age.

This money could help towards shopping, heating bills and other payments that elderly folk can struggle with.

The campaign is also urging veterans who believe they may have an injury or illness which was caused by or made worse by the result of Service, and arose before 2005, to see if they might be eligible for support through a War Pension.

Are you eligible for a military pension?

Many people are put off by large amounts of paperwork. Some may not even realise they need to apply for it.

Anyone who thinks they might be eligible should call the MOD’s Veterans Welfare Service on 0808 1914218.

If you have a friend, family member or neighbour who might qualify, get in touch on their behalf.

Age Cymru’s Steve Boswell said on www.ageuk.org.uk/cymru: “Pensions are going unclaimed by veterans each year – money that rightfully belongs to those who have served their country and which could help transform their lives.

“I would urge any veteran aged 60 or over and who were serving anytime from 1975 to call the Veteran Welfare Service to find out if they are eligible.

“We know through our work with veterans that many of them are proud people who may not like making claims. Eligible veterans have already paid into a pension scheme, so it is rightfully theirs to claim.

“This additional income could help transform their lives.”