Research and briefings
There is a huge wealth of research available on the Armed Forces community, covering a wide variety of issues.
The Legion has conducted a number of its own research projects over the past decade including its most recent 2014 Household Survey. Please click here to access this research, as well as other publications such as policy briefings and literature reviews.
The King's Centre for Military Health Research (KCMHR) has carried out a vast amount of research on the health and wellbeing of the UK Armed Forces. Please click here to access KCMHR's publication page or use these links to specific reports.
- Briefing from October 2014: Summary of current evidence on Mental Health and the Armed Forces
- Summary report from September 2010: What has been achieved by fifteen years of research into the health of the UK Armed Forces?
The Legion recently committed £5m over six years to fund The Royal British Legion Centre for Blast Injury Studies at Imperial College, London. CBIS's world-leading research aims to reduce the devastating impact of blast injuries and improve the treatment and recovery of those injured whilst serving their country.
Armed Forces Health Partnership project
From 2010 to 2013, The Royal British Legion and Combat Stress, the UK's leading military charity specialising in veterans' mental health, had a 'Strategic Partnership' with the Department of Health, which provided funding for a number of significant projects aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of the Armed Forces community, both directly and via research and collaboration.
A website (www.armedforceshealthpartnership.org.uk) was created to provide a community of views and resources to support a better understanding of Armed Forces and veterans' health, mental health and social care needs. This website has now closed but a summary of activity arising from the Strategic Partnership can be accessed here.
The Working Group, now titled the 'Armed Forces Health Partnership Working Group', continues to meet regularly, with additional members from MOD, NHS England and Help for Heroes.
Legion consultation responses
We lobby and advise national and local Government on issues related to the welfare of the Armed Forces community, holding it to account on the commitmets of the Armed Forces Covenant. As part of this process, we submit formal responses to Government and other consultations.
Use the links below to view consultation papers on the topics listed.
- War Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS)
- Disability and welfare benefits
- Inquests and Coroners
- Armed Forces Covenant
- General welfare, Ministry of Defence and Defence Committee consultations
- Health and social care