We help serving members of the Armed Forces, ex-Service men and women and their families, now and for the rest of their lives.

We provide a range of welfare services to Serving and ex-Serving Forces personnel and their dependents to improve and sustain quality of life.

The Royal British Legion promotes independent living and through our services, enable people to stay in their homes for longer. But when this is no longer possible, we also provide Care Homes.

To discuss how the Legion may help you,
ring the HELP LINE on
0808 802 8080
8am to 8pm every day

(free from UK landlines and main mobile networks, from the Republic of Ireland, call 1800 992 294 for free, from overseas: +44 (0)20 3376 8080 – full rate)

The Legion May Be Able To Help With:

  • Finance
  • Independent Living
  • Care
  • Recovery
  • Respite
  • Employment

If the Royal British Legion cannot help, then we can often refer you onto a service which can

Those who are eligible

Those eligible for support services can be summarised as people who are serving or who have served in the Armed Forces, their dependants and carers.

These groups of people fall into the following categories:

  • beneficiaries;
  • dependants, which include children, spouses and partners and other dependants; and carers.

However, please note that throughout this website we use the term ‘beneficiary’ in a general sense – to refer to anyone who is eligible for our support.


‘Beneficiaries’ are people who satisfy any of the following:

  • Any man or woman who is currently serving as a Regular, Reserve or Auxiliary member of the Royal Navy, Army or Royal Air Force and who is aged 16 years or over and has received seven days’ pay.
  • Any man or woman who has previously received seven days’ pay as a Regular, Reserve or Auxiliary member of the Royal Navy, Army or Royal Air Force, and is aged 16 years or over.
  • Any man or woman who has served with the Mercantile Marine afloat in hostile waters or as a full-time member of Allied Civil Police Forces or who is entitled to the campaign medal issued to the Royal Navy, Army or Royal Air Force to those giving them direct support or under their command.
  • Any member of voluntary aid societies; who has served full time and in uniform in direct support of the United Kingdom Armed Forces.
  • Any British subject (whether by birth or otherwise) who has served at least seven days in the Forces of an Allied nation and received seven days’ pay from that nation or a resistance organisation of an Allied nation during hostilities in which the United Kingdom Armed Forces were engaged.
  • Any man who served in the Home Guard for at least six months, or in a Bomb and Mine Disposal Unit for at least three months, or was awarded the Defence Medal in respect of service in the Home Guard or in a Bomb and Mine Disposal Unit.