Armed Forces Covenant

An enduring covenant between
The People of the United Kingdom
His Majesty’s Government
– and –
All those who served or have served in the Armed Forces of the Crown and their families

The first duty of Government is the defence of the realm. Our Armed Forces fulfil that responsibility on behalf of the Government, sacrificing some civilian freedoms, facing danger and sometimes, suffering serious injury or death as a result of their duty. Families also play a vital role in supporting operational effectiveness of our Armed Forces. In return, the whole nation has a moral obligation to the members of the Naval Service, the Army and the Royal Air Force, together with their families. They deserve our respect and support, and fair treatment.

Those who serve in the Armed Forces, whether regular or reserve, those who have served in the past and their families, should face no disadvantage compared to other citizens in the provision of public and commercial services. Special consideration is appropriate in some cases, especially for those who have given most such as the injured and the bereaved.

This obligation involves the whole of society; it includes voluntary and charitable bodies, private organisations and the actions of individuals supporting the Armed Forces. Recognising those who have performed military duties unites the country and demonstrates the value of their contribution. This, has no greater expression than in upholding this Covenant.

To those who proudly protect our nation, who do so with honour, courage, and commitment, the Armed Forces Covenant is the nation’s commitment to you.

It is a pledge that together we acknowledge and understand that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy and society they serve with their lives.

We, VR Group commit to honour the Armed Forces Covenant and support the Armed Forces community. We recognise the value Serving Personnel, both Regular and Reservists, Veterans and military families contribute to our business and our country.