You can claim compensation if you were injured or got an illness while serving in the armed forces (including the Reserve Forces), either in:

  • the Royal Navy and Royal Marines
  • the British Army
  • the Royal Air Force

What you can claim for

You can claim for any type of injury or illness that happened as a result of your service, eg amputation, minor fracture or mental disorder.

You can also claim if you were injured during a service-related activity, eg:

  • Adventurous Training (AT)
  • physical exercise
  • organised sport

You can also claim for conditions you had before service if you feel your service made them worse.

You may be able to claim compensation if you were the victim of a violent crime while serving overseas - find out if you qualify for the Criminal Injuries Compensation (Overseas) scheme.

Eligibility

The compensation scheme your claim will be considered under depends on when you were injured.

If you were injured on or after 6 April 2005

Your claim will be considered under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS).

To qualify you must be:

  • a current or former member of the armed forces
  • applying no later than 7 years after the injury or illness, unless you’re claiming for an illness that started later (sometimes known as a ‘late onset illness’)

If you were Injured before 6 April 2005

Your claim will be considered under the War Pension Scheme (WPS).

There are no time limits for claiming under the WPS but you must be no longer serving in the armed forces.

How to claim

Fill in the claim form (PDF, 262kB) and send it to the address on the form.

If you were injured or or after after 9 May 2011, you may be able to apply for a ‘fast payment’ if you want to claim an upfront payment without going through the full claim application process - find out if you’re eligible for a Fast Payment Application.

What happens next

You may be contacted for more evidence in support of your claim.

You’ll get a tax-free lump sum payment between £1,200 and £570,000, if your claim is successful.

If your injury’s judged to affect your employment prospects, you may also receive a tax-free monthly payment for life when you’re discharged - sometimes known as a Guaranteed Income Payment (GIP).

The ‘base’ GIP is worked out from your salary and age - you’re paid a percentage of this amount depending on how severe your injury is. If your payment level is 50% or more, you may also be able to get an Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP) - find out if you’re eligible.

Appeals

If your claim is unsuccessful, you can ask Veterans UK to reconsider their decision.

If you were injured on or after 6 April 2005

You may appeal if your claim was rejected, you think the type of award you’ve been given is wrong, or if your claim’s been accepted but you haven’t been given an award because the injury is not seen to meet certain criteria.

You must:

  • request a reconsideration in writing within 12 months of the decision
  • explain why you think the decision is wrong
  • give any additional information that relates to your injury or illness

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If your claim is still rejected, you can appeal to an independent tribunal within 12 months - fill in a pension appeal form and send it to the address on the form.

If the tribunal rejects your appeal, you can request the written reasons for their decision. You have 6 weeks from receiving the reasons to appeal their decision.

If you were Injured before 6 April 2005

You may appeal if your claim was rejected or if you you think the type of award you’ve been given is wrong, eg if you don’t think your disability has been correctly assessed.

You can appeal within 12 months to an independent tribunal - fill in a pension appeal form and send it to the address on the form.

If the tribunal rejects your appeal, you can request the written reasons for their decision. You have 6 weeks from receiving the reasons to appeal their decision.

More help

Contact Veterans UK if you have any questions about compensation schemes, the claim process or complaints.

Veterans UK helpline
veterans-uk@mod.uk
Telephone: 0808 1914 218
Telephone: 00 44 1253 866043 from overseas
Monday to Thursday, 7:30am to 6:30pm
Friday, 7:30am to 5pm
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