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Captain Sir Tom Moore has been presented with the very first Veterans Railcard.
Military veterans of every generation will soon benefit from cut-price rail travel, transport secretary Grant Shapps has announced today (14th October 2020).
Captain Moore, who served in World War II and won the nation’s hearts with his incredible fundraising efforts, was presented with the new card at his home in Bedfordshire.
Captain Moore commented: “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.”
He added: “[The railcard provides] the ability to re-connect and combat loneliness, something that we promote and support at the Captain Tom Foundation.”
The newly-unveiled railcard will provide up to a third off all peak and off-peak fares, as well as discounted travel for adult companions and children.
The government says the gesture forms part of its commitment to repaying the debt we all owe to those who have served.
The Veterans Railcard pays tribute to the Royal Navy, RAF and Army, using the colours featured on the veterans’ flag.
An estimated 830,000 veterans will be eligible and can apply for the cards from 5th November 2020.
The card will be on sale at an introductory price of £21 until 31st March 2021.
Mr Shapps, who is also MP for Welwyn Hatfield, 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.
“Delivering this Manifesto promise will improve lives for veterans and their families across the United Kingdom.”
He added: “I am also delighted to present Sir Captain 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.”