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Captain Sir Tom Moore is given first ever veterans railcard

Written by on 14 October 2020

Captain Sir Thomas Moore has been presented with the first ever veterans railcard.

Sir Tom, 100, was given his new railcard at home in Bedfordshire by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.

The new card, which is available to ex-servicemen and women of any age, is being rolled out as part of a wider government ‘veterans strategy’.

It will offer a third off their fares and discounts for their travel companions – and could benefit up to 830,000 veterans who are not already eligible for any existing railcards, the Department for Transport said.

Captain Sir Tom Moore, 100, was presented with the first ever veterans railcard

Sir Tom, who was knighted after his mission to walk 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday raised GBP33m for the NHS, said he felt honoured to be involved.

He said: “This is a wonderful occasion to accept the first veterans railcard.

“It is a rare opportunity to show thanks and gratitude to veterans and this railcard is a necessary recognition and investment in veterans, giving them the ability to re-connect and combat loneliness.”

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The new strategy aims to support people who have served in the military with relationships, employment, health, finance and housing.

Mr 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.”

Sir Thomas received a knighthood in July after he raised GBP33m for the NHS
Sir Tom received a knighthood in July after he raised GBP33m for the NHS

He added: “I am also delighted to present Captain Sir Tom Moore with the very first railcard.

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

The veterans railcard will launch on 5 November – costing GBP21 until 31 March 2021 – then GBP30 thereafter.