Veterans Medical Funds

The Royal British Legion has introduced a new Veterans Medical Funds programme providing support for veterans with hearing loss and serious physical injury.

The Royal British Legion’s Veterans Medical Funds programme is open for applications. The programme is funded through a five year, £13m commitment from HM Treasury using income generated from the Libor rate-fixing fines. It has two elements: support for veterans with hearing loss and support for veterans with serious physical injury.

Each programme element has been designed in consultation with the Ministry of Defence (MOD), National Health Service (NHS), Department of Health and representatives from subject matter experts in the medical and Armed Forces charity communities. The structure and intent of the Funds are based on the Legion’s desire to reduce or negate disadvantage to those who have served.

Both of the funds described below will be available to veterans across the UK.

Veterans Hearing Fund

The Veterans Hearing Fund (VHF) provides support to veterans who acquired hearing loss during Service where there is a wellbeing need that can not be met through statutory services (eg the NHS).

There are two stages to the application process. The first stage assesses eligibility and will require applicants to submit a copy of Service medical records which must include audiometry data. If the applicant is in receipt of a War Pension or Armed Forces Compensation Scheme Award, and this was awarded due to hearing loss, then they can submit a copy of their documentation confirming this in lieu of Service medical records. The second stage will be completed and submitted by an audiologist who will agree what equipment or treatments would help improve your quality of life. Note that VHF will not replace statutory support  but add to it.

VHF may fund hearing aids, peripherals or therapies (eg lip reading).

To apply, please download and complete a VHF eligibility application form. To request a form to be sent to you by post, please call our Contact Centre on 0808 802 8080 (free) or email medicalfunds@britishlegion.org.uk

Veterans Mobility FunD

The Ministry of Defence has put in place measures to ensure that a Service person discharged with Service-attributable serious physical injury will have any clinically prescribed specialist wheelchair or orthotic equipment by discharge date together with a five-year warranty.

The Veterans Mobility Fund (VMF) will support those veterans who have Service-related serious physical injury who fall outside this provision or whose warranty has expired. To be eligible for VMF an individual will normally be in receipt of a War Pension or have received an award under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme. If you have not applied for a War Pension or AFCS award, please visit the Veterans UK website or call our Contact Centre on 0808 802 808 for assistance in submitting your application.

There are two stages to the application process. The first stage assesses eligibility, which will require you to submit evidence of your War Pension or award under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme. The second stage will be completed and submitted by clinicians - typically through Disablement Services Centres in England, or equivalents in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

To apply to the Veterans Mobility Fund, please download and complete a VMF eligibility application form. To request for a form to be sent to you by post, please call our Contact Centre on 0808 802 8080 or email medicalfunds@britishlegion.org.uk

REQUESTING MEDICAL, war pension & afcs RECORDS

To request a copy of your Service medical records or confirmation of War Pension/Armed Forces Compensation Scheme Award, you will need to submit a completed Subject Access Request form to the relevant Service Records Office. The Subject Access Request form can be downloaded below on this page or from the Government’s website. To request for a Subject Access Request form to be sent to you by post, please call our Contact Centre on 0808 802 8080 or email medicalfunds@britishlegion.org.uk

You will need to include a copy of personal identification, such as a passport, driving licence or utility bill, in order for the Ministry of Defence to be able to process your request.

The address for the relevant Service Records Office can be found on Page 1 of the Subject Access Request form.

Veterans Hearing Fund - To request the audiometry records required as part of your VHF application, please ensure you include ‘Service audiometry records’ in ‘Part 3 – Information Requested’ of the Subject Access Request form. You will need to submit the completed Subject Access Request form to the appropriate service. The address for the relevant Service Records Office can be found on Page 1 of the Subject Access Request form.

Should Service audiometry records not be available, you will receive confirmation from the MOD that states this. In such cases, please send a completed VHF eligibility application form to the above address, including a copy of confirmation from the MOD that audiometry records are unavailable.

Veterans Mobility Fund – To request a copy of your War Pension/Armed Forces Compensation Scheme Award, please ensure you include ‘confirmation of receipt of War Pension/Armed Forces Compensation Scheme Award’ in ‘Part 3 – Information Requested’ of the Subject Access Request form. You will need to submit the completed Subject Access Request form to the address stated for ‘Serv Pers/Vets’. The address for ‘Serv Pers/Vets’ requests can be found on Page 1 of the Subject Access Request form.

Once you have received a copy of your Service medical records or confirmation of War Pension/Armed Forces Compensation Scheme Award, please send a copy of the records with the appropriate eligibility application form to:

Veterans Medical Funds
The Royal British Legion
199 Borough High Street
London SE1 1AA

Applications received by the Legion will be acknowledged within five working days of receipt. Applicants will be notified of the process for the second stage of the application once eligibility has been confirmed.

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Please note that neither VMF nor VHF are able to reimburse applicants for previously purchased equipment.

For any questions, please contact the Legion’s Grants Department at medicalfunds@britishlegion.org.uk or call our Contact Centre on 0808 802 8080.

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