The Veterans Railcard has been launched, giving up to 830,000 former servicemen and women up to a third off rail travel.
The UK Government introduced the new card as part of their drive to make the UK one of the best places to be a veteran.
At his home in Bedfordshire, Captain Tom Moore, who served in World War II and won the nation’s hearts with his incredible fundraising efforts, was presented with the very first card.
The card pays tribute to the Royal Navy, RAF and Army, using the colours featured on the Veterans flag.
The Railcard will be available for a special introductory price of just £21 for a 1-year Railcard or £61 for a 3-year Railcard, until 31st March 2021. It will offer the holder and their companion a third off fares and 60% off for up to four children aged 5-15 years.
Veterans can sign up here https://www.veterans-railcard.co.uk/
John Lamont MP said: “We owe a huge debt of gratitude to all generations of veterans, and this new railcard is part of marking their contribution to defending our way of life.
“This will help cut the cost of travel for younger veterans travelling to work, or when travelling recreationally with their family.
“It’s really important that governments at all levels do what they can to help veterans return to civilian life after their service.
“This was a manifesto commitment that I stood on in the last election, and I am glad to see it come to fruition so quickly.”
Charles Byrne, Director General of The Royal British Legion said: “Every day our Armed Forces community provide an incredible service in so many ways and it’s right their unique contribution is recognised.
“We welcome the introduction of measures such as the new Veterans Rail Card that will allow veterans and their families to enjoy discounted rail fares.
“At a time when many veterans are facing significant financial hardship, we hope as many as possible will be able to enjoy the benefits this card will bring when travelling by train.”