I've had a look at the forces discount site and also the veteran's one, weighing them both up etc. Considering the annual cost of the card, I could foresee it paying for itself in not to long a time, considering there are no hidden clauses / small print etc. One benefit I could see is that it provides an easy way of identifying yourself as a veteran. Most of the offers of discount on the forces discount require a certificate of entitlement anyway. If the veteran's card is widely acknowledged and quoting whatever number on it is an acceptable form of verification then I can see it's worth, for example trying to book something over the phone etc.
Cant help feeling its maybe a bit mickey mouse though and somebody's trying to cash in on what is sadly a growing industry. Hope Im wrong.
Mainly for the attention of any War Pensioners on here who receive a War Pension or have received a War Pension Gratuity, the Service Personnel & Veterans Agency (SPVA) now issue, free of charge, an 'identity card' identifying that the holder is a War Disablement Pensioner.
The card is plastic and 'credit card' sized and has the holders details on it as well as the SPVA logo and address etc.
To obtain the free 'id' card, just ring the SPVA at Norcross on 0800 169 2277 and ask for the card. After answering a few questions over the phone to confirm your status as a War Pensioner, the card will be sent to you within a couple of weeks.
I have had mine for about three months now and apart from anything else it is very handy for proving entitlement to things such as veterans offers etc.