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A million pound military milestone

A million pound military milestone

National Express and Defence Discount Service mark 100,000 coach journeys, saving members over £1 million.

National Express and the Defence Discount Service are celebrating a special milestone today as the UK’s largest military travel discount – 60 per cent off standard coach fares – reaches a hundred thousand uses.

In news welcomed by the Minister for Defence Veterans, Reserves and Personnel Mark Lancaster, the UK’s largest coach operator and the only official Ministry of Defence discount service, reveal one hundred thousand discounted coach journeys have been made since National Express became the first company in the UK to sign the government’s Armed Forces Covenant when it launched in 2013.

The hundred thousand journeys equate to savings made by the Armed Forces community well in excess of one million pounds, with service personnel, veterans, reservists and spouses taking advantage of the discount to travel the length and breadth of the UK affordably.

National Express Managing Director Tom Stables said: “In serving our country, the Armed Forces – and the wider forces community - make a tremendous sacrifice, and for that we are extremely grateful. That’s why we’ve committed to helping the Service Community in many walks of life – from our travel discount to employability training schemes, paid work placements, guaranteed interviews and extra leave for Reservists.

“We are thrilled to reach this special milestone through our discount for people in the Armed Forces and their families. As their work means they often have to move frequently, our discount offers a travel lifeline to connect with friends and family all over the UK.”
The National Express military discount offers 60 per cent off standard fares for serving personnel, with veterans, Reservists and spouses of serving personnel offered 30 per cent off.

People simply need to register free on the Defence Discount Service online to access the offer, then present their Service ID or Defence Privilege card when boarding the coach.

The UK’s largest coach company is committed to its support of the UK’s Armed Forces, and as well as offering the UK’s biggest travel discount for serving personnel also offers a range of other initiatives, including guaranteed interviews for service leavers.

British Airways pledges support for DDS members

British Airways pledges support for DDS members

British Airways has become the first airline to pledge support for the military community and their families by signing up to the UK Armed Forces Covenant.

British Airways recognises it has an important role to play in supporting the Armed Forces and their families.  It has also committed to giving Reservists and military spouses in its employment the flexibility they need to allow for deployment or training schedules, and also to support Service Leavers moving into civilian roles.

To demonstrate its commitment to the Armed Forces past and present, the airline is offering a 10 per cent discount on all fares across its global network of near 200 destinations.

The discount is available to all Serving Armed Forces, Reservists, Spouses of Serving Personnel, Forces Veterans, MoD Civil Servants, War widowers and Cadet Forces (over 16) from today (November 2, 2016) and can be booked exclusively through Defence Discount Service.

British Airways Chairman and CEO Alex Cruz, said: “This discount recognises the great service given by the men and women of the Armed Forces; we hope that it will make their well-earned holiday time with their families easier and cheaper.

“We have strong links with the Armed Forces and our work-force includes many veterans and serving Reservists. By signing the Armed Forces Covenant we are demonstrating our respect for the hard work and dedication of our Servicemen and women, veterans and their families.

“We’re proud to show our support.”

Discount Card Helps Service Personnel get more for their money this Christmas

Discount Card Helps Service Personnel get more for their money this Christmas

Public Services Minister, Leighton Andrews is encouraging more people in Wales to sign up to a discount card offering service personnel savings on a range of goods and services this Christmas and New Year.

Leighton Andrews said: “As well as saving people money, this card acknowledges and rewards Wales’ brave armed forces community, past and present.

Community Covenants encourage local communities to support the armed forces community in their area and also promotes public awareness of issues affecting the armed forces community.

However, the Minister believes more can be done to support the armed services community in Wales. He added “I thank everyone who has already signed up to this discount scheme but would encourage more businesses in Wales to get on board.”

Prime Minister launches Defence Privilege Card

Prime Minister launches Defence Privilege Card

Prime Minister David Cameron rolled-out the new Defence Privilege Card today as he welcomed troops to Downing Street to hand out the first few.  The Defence Privilege Card allows Armed Forces and Veterans to receive discounts on the high street with this official Armed Forces Discount Card.

The launch of the Defence Privilege Card coincides with the publication of the first annual report on the Armed Forces Covenant. This sets out key disadvantages the Government has tackled over the last year to improve life for our Armed Forces community and ensures personnel and their families are not unfairly affected by their service to their country.

Handing out the first Defence Privilege Cards at No 10 Downing Street yesterday, the Prime Minister, David Cameron, said:

"I am delighted that we have managed to get so many companies to sign up to this - and just in time for Christmas. As well as allowing people to save money, these discounts are a token of the immense appreciation that we all have for our Armed Forces.

It is fitting that the cards are launched in the year that the military have done so much for our country, not just abroad but here in the UK, showing the very best of British during the Olympics and the Jubilee."

Minister of State for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans Mark Francois added:

"The men and women of our Armed Forces, their families and our veterans reflect what is best in our society. That is why we are committed to rebuilding the Armed Forces Covenant and it is with great pride that I am publishing the first ever Armed Forces Covenant report today."

The Defence Discount Service is delighted to open its doors to the Armed Forces Community

The Defence Discount Service is delighted to open its doors to the Armed Forces Community

The Defence Discount Service is delighted to open its doors to the Armed Forces Community.  The Defence Discount Service is the officially endorsed Ministry Of Defence Discount Service and will give members of the Armed Forces Community discounts both online and on the high street.

The Defence Discount Service is gathering momentum and has the support of many large UK companies.  The membership card will be launching in the near future and the Defence Discount Service will be running a poll for members to decided upon the symbol that will be featured on the card.  The Defence Discount Service will inform you when the card will become available as well as the great companies that are to be featured.

In the meantime the Defence Discount Service has online offers, cashback offers, gift card offers as well as its other savings tools available to help you save on your shopping.

We hope you enjoy and we look forward to working for you and the rest of the Armed Forces Community.