SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity
We are SSAFA.
The UK’s oldest national tri-service military charity. Each year we help 82,000 people in need, from Second World War veterans to young men and women who have served in more recent conflicts, and their families.
SSAFA understands that behind every uniform is a person. And we are here for that person – any time they need us, in any way they need us, for as long as they need us.
In recognition of their service to the Nation, SSAFA works to ensure that the needs of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families are met in an appropriate and timely way.
We exist to relieve need, suffering and distress amongst the Armed Forces, veterans and their families in order to support their independence and dignity.
Who we help
Our recent research shows that service leavers aged 25-64 need more specialised support. The challenges they face are complex – from low income to life-changing injuries or hidden wounds, like depression or post-traumatic stress disorder.
Armed with this information, we are improving our services for younger, working-age veterans, and we will make sure they know we’re here when they need us.
Where we are
SSAFA provides support wherever it is needed in the UK and worldwide. Our volunteer network reaches into every county of the UK and 11 countries around the world, operating on or near to the UK’s overseas bases.