About us

We lead the government's efforts to make the United Kingdom the best place to be a veteran anywhere in the world, helping the nation fulfil its lifelong duty to those who have served in the armed forces.


The Office for Veterans’ Affairs (OVA) is a part of the Cabinet Office, which sits at the heart of government. Work supporting veterans is the responsibility of the whole of government, and this central position enables us to co-ordinate functions to ensure the best support for veterans and their families.

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs attends Cabinet. This ensures veterans’ interests are championed at the top table, among those leading our country and making the decisions that affect people’s daily lives.

From the heart of the UK government, we work with devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, local government, charities and businesses to help veterans when they need it, enabling them to continue to make brilliant contributions to society after leaving the armed forces.

Our priorities

We are committed to delivering our Veterans’ Strategy Action Plan. Our priorities include:

  1. Transforming services for veterans and their families to ensure they work better for those who need them, and ensuring a high standard of support across the UK.

  2. Maximising employment and education opportunities to help veterans thrive in civilian life.

  3. Recognising the contribution all veterans have made and addressing the historic disadvantage that some have experienced.

  4. Ensuring better data for understanding and supporting the veteran community.

You can read more in the Office for Veterans’ Affairs information booklet.


We are responsible for:

  • ensuring the interests of veterans are championed right at the heart of government
  • coordinating all functions of the UK government to ensure the best support for veterans and their families as they transition back into civilian life
  • collaborating with devolved administrations, local government and organisations throughout the veterans sector to help create positive, long-term transitions for individuals who have served in the armed forces
  • ensuring that every veteran and their family knows where to turn to access government support if they need it
  • celebrating and showcasing the brilliant contribution veterans make to society after leaving service

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