One in four members of the armed forces community feel lonely or socially isolated 'always' and 'often', according to research conducted by the Royal British Legion (RBL).
The study looked at the views of serving personnel, veterans and their families.
Minister for Defence People and Veterans Tobias Ellwood said:
"Loneliness can affect us all, and social relationships are a key factor in improving physical and mental health.
"It’s important to make sure that there’s always somewhere to turn for support.
"While the majority of our veterans go on to live happy and successful lives, we are working hard to ensure the camaraderie that our men and women experience when they serve continues long after they leave.
"The Veterans’ Gateway signposts towards the wide range of help available, and our Veterans Strategy, due for publication later this year, is committed to recognising veterans for their service and ongoing contribution to society after making the transition to civilian life."
A pleasure to open The Royal British Legion’s symposium on combating loneliness within the armed forces community. Thank you for your report and recommendations. @PoppyLegionpic.twitter.com/adhh8AI8m5