We are the longest serving national tri-service military charity. For 130 years, we have provided lifelong support to those who are serving or have ever served in our Armed Forces.
Today nearly five million people living in the United Kingdom are estimated to have served in the Armed Forces at some point in their lives. Every year, around 20,000 servicemen and women leave the services and return to civilian life.
That’s why our work is so important. We believe that those who have served their country should get the best possible support when they need it.
Our support covers both Regulars and Reserves in the British Army, the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force and their families, including anyone who has completed National Service. They are all entitled to lifelong support from SSAFA, no matter how long they have served.
Every year we support 50,000 people – that’s 136 every day.
We help serving personnel, veterans and their families across the UK. Our network of around 7,000 committed volunteers worldwide offer welfare support for people from throughout the military community, from World War Two veterans to the families of young service personnel wounded in Afghanistan. Our network of branches provide help for veterans and their families in the community. Our service volunteers work on military bases to help families meet the challenges of service life.
To find out more about visit the SSAFA website.