Captain Sir Tom Moore poses with first ever Veterans Railcard 131020 CREDIT Department of Transport.jpg
Veterans

First Veterans Railcard Given To Captain Sir Tom Moore

The Veterans Railcard offers discounts on rail journeys for veterans and people travelling with them.

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Captain Sir Tom Moore has been presented with the very first Veterans Railcard.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps visited Captain Sir Tom's Bedfordshire home and presented him with the railcard.

The Second World War veteran called the occasion "wonderful".

"It is a rare opportunity to show thanks and gratitude to veterans and this rail card is a necessary recognition and investment in veterans, giving them the ability to re-connect and combat loneliness, something that we promote and support at The Captain Tom Foundation," he said.

The new card, which will be on sale at an introductory annual price of £21 until 31 March 2021, is expected to benefit military veterans by offering discounts on rail travel.

It will provide up to a third off on all peak and off-peak fares, as well as discounted travel for companions on the journey.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: "We have an eternal debt of honour to those who have served our country, and this railcard is part of marking our gratitude.

"For veterans looking to re-enter the world of work and connect with friends and family, it will cut the cost of travel to open up new opportunities."

WATCH: Captain Sir Tom is presented with the railcard by the Transport Secretary. 

Mr Shapps added that he was "delighted" to present Captain Sir Tom Moore with the railcard.

"Through his service and his inspirational fundraising, he has shown the selflessness and indomitable spirit of all those who have served," he said.

The 100-year-old veteran raised nearly £33 million for the NHS by walking 100 laps of his Bedfordshire garden – smashing his original target of just £1,000.

Because of his fundraising efforts, Captain Sir Tom won the heart of the nation and has since been knighted by the Queen.

He was also appointed the first Honorary Colonel of the Army Foundation College and his centenary was marked with two flypasts – one by the Battle of Britain Memorial and one by the Army Air Corps.

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Captain Sir Tom Moore is the first veteran to receive the Veterans Railcard (Picture: Department for Transport).

Speaking about the new railcard, Minister for Defence People and Veterans Johnny Mercer said it is a "fantastic way" to underline the "gratitude" owed to former service personnel.

"For younger veterans, it will also help boost employment prospects, allowing more flexibility in their travel to work or job interviews," Mr Mercer added.

The card pays tribute to all three services, using the colours featured on the veterans' flag for its design.

From 5 November, an estimated 830,000 veterans who are not currently eligible for existing railcards will be able to purchase a Veterans Railcard and make use of its benefits.

Cover image: Captain Sir Tom Moore poses with his new Veterans Railcard (Picture: Department for Transport).