What is a veteran?

A veteran is anyone who has served at least one day in the Armed Forces, whether as a regular or reservist.

It means the same as ‘ex service personnel’ or ‘ex-forces’, although not all veterans know the term or choose to use it.

Younger veterans might refer to themselves as ‘ex-forces’, in the belief that a veteran is someone who fought in the 1st/2nd World War.

Veteran health resources

Eastwood Primary Care Centre is an Armed Forces veteran friendly accredited GP Practice. Please let us know if you are a veteran patient, so that we can make sure you receive the most appropriate and best care, if and when you need it.

Top tips provides information on NHS doctors for veterans.