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New Veterans Railcard wef 5th Nov 2020

Old 16th Oct 2020, 15:48
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New Veterans Railcard wef 5th Nov 2020

Watching the Martin Lewis Money Show on the box last night he mentioned the launch of a new Veterans Railcard wef 5th November 2020. You have to have served for one day to qualify. There are quite substantial discounts.

Features
  • 1/3 off rail fares (anytime, off-peak, super off-peak - all varieties)
  • 1/3 off for a companion too
  • Plus up to 60% for children (age 5 - 15) travelling too
  • Cost: 1-year £21, 3-years £61
Details here: www.veterans-railcard.co.uk
Passed on FWIW

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Old 16th Oct 2020, 16:31
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There's a debate to be had about what counts as "service" in the "one day of service" piece. On a slight tangent, there seems to be a move away from a physical Veterans ID Card by MoD towards an electronic version. If you wanted another free ice-scraper for the car this winter, you may be disappointed.
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I did my attestation at the CIO then left for Swinditz a few days later, does that mean I could have qualified by sleeping in my own bed at my mums?
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1/3 off for a companion too
You have to nominate your companion when you buy the card so it is the same as a Two Together.
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Well, better than nothing, it’s nine quid a year cheaper than the usual senior railcard that many veterans are already able to buy.
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Well, better than nothing, itís nine quid a year cheaper than the usual senior railcard that many veterans are already able to buy.
. But that's only the introductory offer Shy. The normal price (whenever that is reverted to) is exactly the same as the Old Gits' Senior one.

Must check when mine runs out to see if Vets' one is worth it.

The companion bit might swing it though, but most of our train journeys are individual. Two together probably cheaper by car......
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Not to forget the Disabled Persons railcard, for which one is eligible if wearing hearing aids.
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I thought it was a nice gesture to present one to Capt Sir Tom. Shame (as mentioned in Breakfast TV) it expires just before Remembrance Day next year..
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I downloaded mine a couple of days ago. All very easy and I much prefer using the app as I won’t worry about forgetting it. £61 for 3 years is pretty good value.
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. But that's only the introductory offer Shy. The normal price (whenever that is reverted to) is exactly the same as the Old Gits' Senior one.

Must check when mine runs out to see if Vets' one is worth it.

The companion bit might swing it though, but most of our train journeys are individual. Two together probably cheaper by car......
Well you stick to the old folks card and I’ll use the veterans’ card as I’ve got 15 years to go before I’m eligible for yours.
That’s the point though, isn’t it, it fills a nice gaps between the the youngsters’ card (long behind me), the Forces’ card (a couple of years behind me) and the old codger card (some years yet).
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Tesco Clubcard vouchers are £3 to spend on Railcards for every £1 voucher value. So a 1 Year Senior Railcard for example 'costs' £10 instead of £30, which rather beats this first year offer by over 50%. Obviously only good for those with the required Clubcard vouchers amassed, and always a chance that Tesco will include this Railcard with the others included in their Reward Partners scheme, but no sign yet.

https://secure.tesco.com/clubcard/br...6.cat?pageNo=1
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Old 17th Oct 2020, 18:31
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Only trains I travel on these days are preserved steam ones and Iím happy to pay the full fee to ensure they are available for future generations to enjoy steam.

introducing the future to the past by me..

Generations by Tony Taylor, on Flickr
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Old 17th Oct 2020, 18:35
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Originally Posted by teeteringhead View Post
. But that's only the introductory offer Shy. The normal price (whenever that is reverted to) is exactly the same as the Old Gits' Senior one.

Must check when mine runs out to see if Vets' one is worth it
So it does, £61 over three years rather than £70 for a senior railcard. The nine quid difference is about equivalent to the price of a railway coffee per year.

But even so, if you’ve not yet achieved a “more distinguished” age, such as we have (!), well worth it. My senior railcard meant that I recovered the equivalent cost of the card the second time I used it on a north/south rail journey. Trouble is, as things turned out, I only used it twice in a year and my employer gained the advantage because I used it on business journeys where they paid for the tickets. So in truth, I’m £30 down....must speak to my financial adviser!
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Over 60 London travel is free

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https://tfl.gov.uk/fares/free-and-di...d?intcmp=54722
https://www.londoncouncils.gov.uk/se...ster-photocard
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Old 18th Oct 2020, 07:19
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Not quite....

Who is it for?

You can get a Veterans Oyster photocard if you:Ongoing payments are awarded to service personnel who've sustained a certain level of physical or psychological injury in the line of duty. If you received a one-off gratuity payment instead, you can't get a Veterans Oyster photocard.

You also can't get a Veterans Oyster photocard if you live in a London borough and are eligible for a 60+ London Oyster photocard or Freedom Pass.
Nice photo of Ollie, by the way!!
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I did my attestation at the CIO then left for Swinditz a few days later, does that mean I could have qualified by sleeping in my own bed at my mums?
Precisely the question raised with MinDPV & OfVA. Army recruits these days attest after arrival at their Phase 1 Training Establishment. A number of GPs refuse to accept that a patient, presenting with injuries sustained in training, has veteran status and thus access to veteran-specific treatment is denied. Clarity is absent, hence conjecture and personal opinion reigns.
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Old 18th Oct 2020, 15:17
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Does the HM Forces Railcard offer anything different? The Veteran Card (which requires one day service to qualify) offers you and partner the discounted rail travel whereas I'd have to buy two separate Forces Railcards in order to do this. If this is the case, hardly seems fair that someone who has served a long time gets less than someone who could have potentially served only one day?
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I wonder if this will survive the nasty party cuts?

One of the conditions for the Govt loaning/granting London Transport a Billion is that it drop discounts for children and OAP's. The return of the nasty party.

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veteran-specific treatment is denied
What is that? I doubt my practice knows I am a veteran, but I wouldn't think it make a difference if they did.
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What is that? I doubt my practice knows I am a veteran, but I wouldn't think it make a difference if they did.
In your local NHS clinic, as an ex service person, your medical documents can be annotated with a marker to distinguish you are.

From my limited knowledge, it makes a difference if your injuries were caused during your service and they require continuous treatment.
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