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Research and public policy work

SoldiersinafghanistanThis page links to resources produced by the Legion and other organisations on issues relating to the welfare of the Armed Forces Community.

Many documents are in pdf format. If you don't have Adobe Acrobat Reader to read pdf files, download it free from the Adobe website.

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. 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 read its 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.

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.

Armed Forces Health Partnership

The Armed Forces Health Partnership programme was a joint venture between TheRoyal British Legion and Combat Stress, the UK's leading military charity specialising in veterans' mental health.

Working together, supported by funding from the Department of Health's Voluntary Sector Strategic Partnership Programme, the three-year programme aimed to to build knowledge amongst clinicians and service providers on the health effects of Service in the Armed Forces and promote veteran pathways to treatment and support.

A website ( 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 and the resources from it are available from the links above.